Is God Still With Us?
Over the advent season, and the first two weeks of 2017, we as a church walked through redemptive history, uncovering the glorious truth that God desires to be with his people. From Genesis to Revelation, the pages of Scripture tell us of God’s unrelenting love and desire to dwell with his elect, despite the constant failings and rebellion by mankind.
I personally had the privilege of preaching two of these messages—you’d think it would be engrained in my head after spending hours in prayer, preparation, and presentation…But, this week has been a difficult week. I have felt the influence of the evil one; whispering lies, convincing me that I am not good enough. Telling me that my past sin is too much for Jesus to overcome. Weighing me down with guilt and shame. ‘Why would God want to dwell with you?’
When the lies speak louder than the truth,
Remind me I belong to you.
And when I can’t see past the dark of night,
Remind me you’re always by my side.
(Brett Stanfill, Sons and Daughters, 2015)
I need to be reminded of the gospel everyday. The good news that I am not good enough and nothing I do will fix that. BUT, Jesus is good enough—perfectly good enough. And because I am his, purchased by his blood (I Peter 1:18-19), Jesus’ perfect righteousness is given to me (2 Corinthians 5:21). And because of that, I am a son of God, adopted into his holy family.
God is with us…not because we are great, but because Jesus is great!
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9