2 John 1; Ezra 5-6; Psalm 93
I sometimes wonder if people who don’t believe in God have chosen to take that stand because they believe that for some reason they can never be accepted by God. It’s probably not fair to make that speculation; I know that there are many reasons that people become atheists or agnostics, but I can’t help but wonder if there isn’t even a little resentment towards people of faith for believing that we can have a relationship with God.
I continue to be reminded that my relationship to God is not dependent upon the fact that I have special abilities or any quality of goodness that makes me better than anyone else; my relationship with God is based solely on His grace and mercy. John’s words to the church ring true. “Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, will be with us in truth and love.” (2 John 3)
I am a follower of Jesus Christ not because I have done anything good or righteous; I am a follower of Jesus Christ because of God’s grace and mercy. He forgave my sin and drew me towards Him in His grace. He shows me mercy each and every day by not giving me what I deserve as I sin in spite of my desires to live a life pleasing to Him. It is because of His grace and mercy that can’t be taken away by any person that I can have peace in my everyday life.
Perhaps this belief might come off as a touch arrogant. Think about it; I’m claiming that I have peace because the maker of the Universe has granted me grace and mercy. ME. In truth, though, it is a mercy available to all people who will turn to Him. It is grace and mercy that comes not because I am arrogant enough to demand it from God because of who I am, but a grace and mercy that comes because I recognize my weaknesses and failures and offer them up to God seeking His forgiveness. It is a peace that comes because of who God is in spite of who I am.
Lord God, I come before You now and offer up my weaknesses and failures as a husband, father, and teacher. Where I have failed my wife, children, and students I seek Your forgiveness and ask for Your grace and mercy to give me the peace I need to be the person each of them deserves to see.