‘See, I am doing a new thing‘ (Isaiah 43:19 NIV)
Do you remember what it was like as a young child, waking-up early on Christmas morning? Getting up and eagerly unwrapping, vigorously ripping the wrapping paper from the presents that were underneath the tree; new games, new books, new toys, new, new, new!
When we come to God, it can be like that.
We are then eager for everyone around us, at work, at leisure, to hear all about our life changing, colossal, mammoth event! And we don’t care how many times we tell people, we just want everyone to know.
As time passes, sometimes, some of that initial zeal that we have ebbs, it leaves us, and we can drift back to what we used to be, or a slightly better informed version of what we used to be; but then we hear someone speak, or go to a Christian event, and we are inspired again, fired-up, just like we used to be; but then that recedes also.
But during these times when we are less inspired by the Bible, and God’s word, we should remember that God has not left, it is us that has changed, and we should constantly keep in mind;
‘I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me’ (Psalm 16:8 NLT).
God is right beside us in our daily walk through life; all we need to do is talk to him in prayer;
‘Pray continually’ (1 Thessalonians 5:17 NIV).
Most people will go through moments like this. The psalmist David also knew that this would happen;
‘Even when I walk through the darkest valley… … you are close’ (Psalm 23:4 NLT).
He knew moments in his life, when it seemed like everything could be over, but he trusted the Lord to protect him;
‘In the LORD I take refuge’ (Psalm 11:1 NIV).
But when we turn to Jesus, and accept him into our life, and trust him, and follow his commands, and try to live like he did, we change. We become a new thing, a Christian, we are new;
‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he [or she] is a new creation’ (2 Corinthians 5:17 – emphasis mine).
We become a different person when we accept Jesus into our life, but even so, we can have moments of feeling less, moments of doubt.
The apostle Peter also had moments where he seemed confident in who Jesus was and what he came to do, ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God’ (Matthew 16:16 NIV), and other moments where he appeared to not understand the plot, ‘Peter took him aside… Never Lord… … “You are a stumbling block to me [Jesus]; you do not have in mind the concerns of God’ (Matthew 16:22 – 23 NIV).
We can also have times such as these, where life seems like a ‘bed-of-roses’, all is good, and being a Christian seems easy. Other days, everything seems to be against us, we oversleep, the traffic lights are all red as we approach them, we don’t get that promotion that we thought we deserved; cursing and swearing is not the answer, but the temptation, ooh it’s there; life can be hard when we do not understand it all.
We should remember that God love us all so much, that Jesus came to die in our place (John 3:16), he will always be with us (Psalm 16:8), whatever we are going through, waiting for us to call to him for help;
‘You will seek me and find me when you seek with all your heart’ (Jeremiah 29:13 NIV).
We did not even deserve to be saved, because;
‘when we were powerless… … While we were still sinners, Christ died for us’ (Romans 5:6 & 8 NIV).
So, even when things seem really bad, remember that God has a massive, life changing plan for you, that is unique to you and your gifts, and it is for your betterment, (Jeremiah 29:11) and also, you are a new creation in God, your old self has been condemned to the scrap-heap of life, (2 Corinthians 5:17); trust that you can always take their refuge in God, (Psalm 11:1) lean in on him, trust him to bring you through your valley, (Psalm 23:4) he is closer than you think, (Psalm 16:8) and he will never leave you (Hebrews 13:5).
He is our creator God, and he created you for a purpose.
Live for that purpose.
My future hangs on this
You make preciousness from dust
Please don’t stop creating me
Your blood offers the chance
To rewind to innocence
Reborn, perfect as a child
Oh Your cross it changes everything
There my world begins again with You
Oh Your cross it’s where my hope restarts
A second chance is Heaven’s heart
When sin and ugliness
Collide with redemption’s kiss
Beauty awakens by romance
Always inside this mess
I have found forgiveness
Mercy, as infinite as You
Countless second chances
We’ve been given at the cross
Fragments of brokenness
Salvaged by the art of grace
You craft life from our mistakes
Black skies of my regrets
Outshone by this kindness
New life dawns over my soul
Second Chance (Homemade Worship by Handmade People #4)
Luke Smallbone, Joel Smallbones, Matthew Hales
Father we thank you for your Son, and his sacrifice for us, giving us a chance to be different, to be new people through his sacrifice. Show us the way that we should go, to live our life for you, showing all people around us that with you in our life, we are different, with the redemption, mercy, love and hope that we have from you.