As I read this passage this morning the Lord began feeding me morsels of his Grace and wisdom. Although this seems simple enough, it was so clear what He wanted me to share today.
Nahum 1:7 (NLT)
The Lord is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes. He is close to those who trust in him.
Nice passage. Comforting words. About that point was when that still voice said “What if you’re wrong?”
This gave me a chance to really consider what is the outcome if I have gotten this entire God thing wrong!
So what if, there’s no heaven, what then?
Then that would mean that we we passed on the lights would go out. There would be this punctuation mark at the end of our lives. Our lives would end with a period.
If that were the case, then the only significance to my life, would be what I do now; today. I would have to consider that my legacy would necessarily vested in the good I did while here. The love I shared. The grace I imparted to those around me. Perhaps I might even be hopeful that someone else might look back on my path and see a pattern that they use in their journey.
If I am wrong about heaven, I lose nothing. There would be no cause to change my course. So what if I am wrong about placing my faith in the sacrifice made by my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ?
Well, let’s see. The impact of my faith in the blood of Jesus results in my life belonging to Him and doing my best to follow His will, to demonstrate His Love and Grace through the power He places in me.
If I am wrong about Jesus then I lose nothing because of the joy and peace my trust in Him affords me. I lose nothing because in conveying that love and grace, those that came in contact with me had potentially a better day and were able to in turn convey that love and grace to yet another.
So what if I am wrong about the forgiveness God has blessed me with through His Son?
If I’m wrong about forgiveness then God will be judging my life based strictly on my performance. Every impure thought, every act in anger, every selfish deed, and every word spoken in malice would held in evidence against me on judgement day. I would stand there naked and ashamed knowing that a righteous God would no more tolerate my company than Lucifer himself! I would be lost, as no flesh is capable of meeting the standard expected by a Holy God!
But I’m not wrong!
This I know. And while, yes, it’s because the Bible tells me so; this I know for other reasons as well.
I know because the Spirit of God lives in me. It’s presence is manifested continuously in the guidance and abiding peace that comes from a relationship so close you can’t touch it because it touches you. It envelopes you!
I know because the Lord blesses me beyond my comprehension. Seldom does time pass but where I can observe His hand in my life.
I know because He said so!
John 1:12 (NLT)
But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.
You might say I have it all wrong, but I don’t. I got it right, because He made it right! He made me right with God. He made me right with His blood. He makes me right with His Love and Grace each and every day!
Thanks be to God my Savior lives!
1 John 3:1 (NLT)
See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him.