March 14, 2011
” 16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 New Living Translation
When God meets you in your desert …?
God placed a Scot in Egypt during WW1 to serve hot tea to Australian and New Zealand soldiers. The taste of “home” stirred a longing for something more .. something bigger than war .. something that made living make sense. Eighteen years later .. his wife would write what he shared in the desert: “The salvation which comes from God means being completely delivered from myself, and being placed into perfect union with Him. .. And as I am caught up into total surrender to God, I become thrilled with something infinitely greater than myself.” God only has a “one and only” love for you. It’s all He knows because All is what He gave so that you could find (surrender–believe–receive) the only wholeness that is available on this earth. Deserts come in all conditions in the human heart. They’re not just sandy .. arid climates. You’ll find men and women working selflessly and selfishly to make life “whole” in their deserts. And God…? He is unconditional in his love for you .. even when you keep trying so hard to make sense of this world without Him. In the words of that YMCA Chaplain named Oswald Chambers: “In our surrender, we must give ourselves to God in the same way He gave himself for us–totally, unconditionally, and without reservation. The consequences and circumstances resulting from our surrender will never even enter our mind, because our life will be totally consumed with Him.” And you…? It only takes a moment …
“… not that we once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God.” 1John 4:10 The Message
Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to God-Wonders and God-Wanderers following Jesus. (firstname.lastname@example.org)