|A 30-DAY GUIDE FOR NEW BELIEVERS
by JOHN D. BECKETT
|DAY 6||LOVING GOD|
|How do I respond to God?From the moment we begin to grasp just how much God loves us, a deep desire wells up within us to love Him in return. Suppose as you were walking in a dense forest, you strayed off the path and lost your way. Night falls and it becomes dark and cold. You have no food or water. Danger lurks from forest animals. You frantically stumble ahead in the darkness, with no sense of direction. Fear gnaws at you: “I may never make it back to safety.”
Just as all hope is fading, your frantic eyes see a dim light in the distance. Suddenly you realize, “Someone is searching for me!” The light grows brighter. It’s coming your way. You call out, “Here I am!” The reply comes back: “Keep calling!” Moments later your rescuer appears in the unmistakable uniform of a forest ranger — one who knows the deep woods and the way home. By the dim light, you study his kind and fatherly face. Steadily he leads you back. As the ranger delivers you to your doorstep, he says, “You’re safe now.” In sheer relief you respond in the only way you can — with profound gratitude. “How can I ever repay you?” you ask, knowing no payment could ever suffice.
In the very same way our heavenly Father has rescued us. Our condition was more desperate than we could ever know. We couldn’t make it on our own. We were groping frantically in complete darkness when He came and personally guided us home. He redeemed us from deadly peril.
My heart swells — and I believe so does God’s — when I spontaneously lavish my love upon Him, expressing my affection and gratitude to Him.
|Key Scripture||At that time you were without Christ … having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who were once far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ (Ephesians 2:12,13).|
|Key Thought||I will let these words come easily and often: “Lord, I love You.”|
|Copyright © 2006 by John D. Beckett|
“Just as all hope is fading…” Do you realize – He comes, or sends someone, to help us? He always assists us, loves us, and gives us a way out.
(1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.) His love is so great for us, He will protect us when needed!
Enjoy, share any thoughts or other Scripture’s on your heart…
Be Blessed, HL