August 16, 2017
“When my life was slipping away, I remembered God, And my prayer got through to you, made it all the way to your Holy Temple. Those who worship hollow gods, god-frauds, walk away from their only true love. But I’m worshiping you, God, calling out in thanksgiving. And I’ll do what I promised I’d do! Salvation belongs to God!” Jonah 2:7-9 The Message
What can turn a life around? What can turn your life around? In only a moment you can find yourself running from a god who seems uncaring .. harsh .. and punitive. And in only a moment you find yourself at the end of your rope giving thanks to the God who is your only true love. What changes inside a heart and restores your thinking? It takes the power of almighty God to redirect your heart and restore your mind with purpose and peace. Jonah ran from what he knew was true about God. He couldn’t stomach the God he loved being the God who would love at drop of a hat and turn punishment into forgiveness. Jesus is like that as well. He is the ONLY TRUE LOVE that transforms your life and the way you live into a life of sheer grace.He doesn’t hold back when it comes to your life. He’s in the storms and along for the ride when you are running. He becomes the source and object of all your praise. This is the same Jesus that runs straight at your life and never away. There was a “Jonah” named Peter that ran away once. Jesus found him on a beach and changed his life forever by removing any thought or image that He had given up on Peter. He had the scars to prove that no one can outrun His love. They’re your scars found in His hands. They’re His scars that remind you how far He ran after you. If He did that for you .. how much more does Jesus want you to live that way around others today. Maybe they’ll see the One who has come for them. You’re the proof. It only takes a moment ..
“That’s why I ran off to Tarshish! I knew you were sheer grace and mercy, not easily angered, rich in love, and ready at the drop of a hat to turn your plans of punishment into a program of forgiveness!” Jonah 4:2 The Message
Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent to Grace-Smugglers following Jesus into all kinds of territories. (firstname.lastname@example.org)