Even Christians can behave badly. And the Bible acknowledges that a believer can walk away from Jesus all together. To treat God with this kind of contempt is a terrible act of defiance. In the fourth of five warnings in the book of Hebrews, the author tells us about the dangers of willful sin and the consequences we can expect. We must diligently seek to draw near to God to prevent our turning away.
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While few of life’s journeys are as rewarding as motherhood, those rewards are hard earned. In every up and down on that journey, God sees you.He sees you, just like He saw His own mother loving Him, teaching Him, worrying about Him, and crying when she couldn’t fix all of the pain and suffering He went through so that He could call you His forever.
He sees you, He knows you, and He loves you.
I had walked over that stick countless times and only ever seen a nuisance, Yet, right there on the other side of a 2×8 was something far more glorious and beautiful than clean steps: a home, a labor of love, and the miracle of new life. I have often thought of that stick and the poignant reminder that things aren’t always what they seem.
The only thing that is needed is to believe. So simple, yet I almost missed it. It saddens me to know that our very human compulsion to add “things” to God’s promise of salvation happens because we think it can’t be as easy as it sounds. But it is that easy. And I love our great God for that.
The journey of the cross was a nightmare for those who witnessed it first-hand, but one they couldn’t wake up from. As we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, we reorient ourselves to our eternal reality – the grave has been defeated, death has lost its sting. When we feel lost, when the world feels too large and uncertain, Easter serves as a resounding alarm in which we reawaken to our King who is seated on His throne with glory and power.