I wake up this morning to the sing song of crickets outside my window. A telltale sign that summer is here. Our spring abruptly came to a halt with 90-degree weather. I keep thinking it will cool back down but the weather man says otherwise. I prefer cooler temps and I’m reminded the summer my parents moved to Arkansas. It was chilly! We slept under blankets at night well into July.
Oh beloved, you’re wishing that your life would cool down. You feel like you’re in the hot seat and you’re not sure where to go for relief. You’re haunted by past regrets that blow dry wind over all your plans. Your thoughts seem to lean towards feeling that God is punishing you for back then. So it’s hard to really believe for your needs to be met now.
God wants you to know He delights in meeting the needs of His children. He doesn’t punish with human thinking. He isn’t out to make you pay or withhold His blessings. He says this morning it’s time to forgive yourself and allow yourself to believe He will meet your needs. What goes around comes around, but that’s not part of grace. Grace says unmerited favor – you don’t deserve it, but because of Christ in you – you find God’s blessings at your table. Mercy says clemency – although punishment might be the answer for a criminal – you have received a stay of execution for all your life.
God loves you and He’s for you. It’s time to walk in His truth. Punishing yourself, living dry and in the heat of your failures, isn’t from the Lord. So run to Him this morning, confess anything you need to – He already knows. And then walk in His freedom, live in His forgiveness and pray with boldness for your needs to be met in Him. And rejoice that you have been given access to Kingdom living in the Light of His Mercy and Grace!
Romans 8:34 Who is there to condemn us? For Christ Jesus, who died, and more than that was raised to life, is at the right hand of God–and He is interceding for us.
Romans 8:1 Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Psalm 130:3 LORD, if you kept a record of our sins, who, O Lord, could ever survive?
1 John 2:1 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate before the Father–Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.
Romans 8:32 He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also, along with Him, freely give us all things?