I’ve been spending a few days all day at home to myself doing laundry, cleaning stalls, I got a run in when I thought it was way to cold to be out there until I finished and was so happy I went thru with it, Face messaging a friend, packing for the weekend to be spent with the family, lots of cooking, cleaning the truck to go over the mountain, on and on….but without noise I’d say I’ve done some reflecting upon this year, season in my little world. We do that don’t we when we are drawing near to a new year.
I have, for the first time, been reading the bible thru in a year. I have kept up pretty much the whole year give a day or two here and there. I’ve done many studies of certain parts or subjects of the bible but never read it thru. And can I say, it has been eye opening for me. Not the reading it, but what is in there~ha! My sister, who is the one who always says, “Oh but hard it good” kept asking how it was going and with wide eyes in laughing mode but serious, this girl has been overwhelmed with the FEAR of God! I’d answer her with, “I have the fear of God in me!” Shoot, He swallowed up people by just opening up the ground, He warned and warned and warned people thru people to do the right thing and most of the time they didn’t do the right thing and he would have to destroy some more. Most kings were evil, led the people astray. This went on and on and on in the old testament.
As I got closer to reading about Jesus, in my heart, it was very apparent for the reason to why Jesus came in the scene in human form, although sinless. Because of the harshness I saw that made me each morning as I read thru over and over and made me gasp like, “is there ever a break?” turned to another side of God that made me feel even deeper in love with Him than I had before. Our God, He puts up with alot from that which He created, US! And then He sent His only son to walk amongst us to show us how to live and then give Him up to death to raise Him up again. We serve an amazing Lord.
I do believe the word GRACE is my word for this following year. It is flinging around in my head in how to receive it and how to give it. God gave us Jesus because we needed grace, He is grace. I see it so clearly as I’ve read the bible like I’d never read it before. Thank you Jesus for this gift.
- Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace
- and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role. If we did, we’d probably go around bragging that we’d done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.