Today was one of those days that from the minute I woke in the morning I felt down, I felt sad and I felt discouraged. I really do not have a reason for feeling that way other than sometimes I just wake up in that kind of mood and today was that kind of day.
I know that there is a cure for those kind of feelings but today I ignored the cure and instead of turning to God like I know I should have, I jumped out of bed and dove right into my busy life. Though I was busy and rushing I was soon to find out that God had other plans today. Right in the middle of my crazy rush of getting ready for my day God decided it was time for the two of us to have a meeting.
As I turned on my phone to check my email I noticed right there in between the email, facebook and twitter apps, (thank you God for knowing me all to well and catching me where you knew I would be) was my handy dandy YouVersion Bible app. I know it should not have surprised me at all that staring me right in the face was the Bible verse of the day and that today it seemed to be written just for me.
1 Peter 1:18-19 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.
It still never fails to amaze me that he knows me so very well.
What happened next is typical me as usual I distracted easily and now this scripture had distracted me from my busy day and I began to read the rest of the chapter (another God you know me all to well moment).
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 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, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, 11 trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow. 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.
God is not the only one who knows were to meet me, sadly satan knows where the best places are to meet me at also. He seems to know what buttons to push and when things are going really great in my life it seems like that is the time satan seems to pull my past out of his magic trick bag and throw it out in front of me, trying his best to remind me of who I used to be. Telling me his lies, trying to make the past somehow look good, hoping I may stumble or better yet take a fall. Today easily could have been one of those kind of days but God showed me this…
13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
Mind fully alert, sober, obedient, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance… ears open now, be holy, because I am holy….Yes God you have my full attention now.
17 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.
My faith and hope are not in anything or anyone, they can only be found in Jesus.
22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.
24 For,“All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall,
25 but the word of the Lord endures forever.” And this is the word that was preached to you. (I‘m pretty sure I needed a good preach’n to today).
Today as I read this scripture I was reminded of who I am now. I am not the person I used to be. I am redeemed, and saved by the blood of Jesus Christ. The past is over and done and I belong to Him now. Not anybody or anything can ever take security I have in Jesus away from me.
I know for you that are still reading this post probably made no sense at all but to me it makes perfect sense. That is how it is with God he speaks to each of us individually, he meets us each right were we are at.
For those of you who are still here reading this thank you for reading and God bless you. 🙂