Week 7 DAY 5
Finding God in the every day
1 Peter 1:8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,
Of the 181 times the word “filled” is used in the New International version of the Bible I think this is perhaps the one which best expresses the deep satisfaction I have in knowing the man called Jesus, the Christ. It sums up all at one go the relief, the joy, the sense of well being that comes over me in any dire and dangerous circumstance. This is not some “Pollyanna” denial of reality, it is the sure confidence that only comes from knowing the deep, deep love of God the Father through the willing sacrifice of his only begotten son. That God was willing to pay such an enormous price for my inclusion in the grand scheme of Heaven shatters any resistance I might harbor in my inner being.
We have seen the word used as a warning, as a prophecy of doom, of the looming nearly crushing weight of God’s wrath on this sin filled world. Woe is me that for far too long I was a part of all that. But, once I became aware of God’s great love for me and Jesus’ willing and obedient sacrifice on my behalf , it was as if I had broken though a barrier that I had never realized was there.
I am pleased every day to have the privilege of declaring his mighty work on my behalf and telling anyone who will listen that He is waiting to do the same for them. He has already accomplished your salvation to eternal life, simply ask him to help you turn away from the sin of your life and embrace a new life in Him. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! II Corinthians 5:17