John 3:16 -17
For God so loved the word that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the word, but to save the world through Him.
There are some days in my life that I can feel myself relating to Nicodemus in John chapter 3. Have you ever really stopped to consider what was happening during this exchange between him and Jesus? I feel as though Nicodemus asks Jesus ten different ways how to be saved. Further, he continues to question and really, as we continue reading, he seems almost puzzled. As if there should be more to our salvation that simply just believing in Him.
Is it really that simple though to believe in God when we cannot see Him? Is it simple to believe in God during a time in our lives where we must physically see something to know that it’s really there? Is it simple to believe in God when there are so many distractions around us?
No, not always simple. In fact, it can be difficult. It’s difficult to center yourself around Christ, instead of fitting time for Him in when you have it. It’s difficult to open the Bible, even when there are at least 4 (okay, so maybe there are 4 physical Bible’s in our home, but each phone has the Bible app, too) Bibles sitting around your home that long to be opened and read. It’s difficult to close down the social media apps on our phone and instead, look to the Bible for our happiness and gratitude.
Does the above sound like a time or period you’ve had or are having in your life?
Yes? Me too!
As a momma of two littles, a wife, and a driven member of the workforce, it can be so challenging to take time to dive into the word of God. If I can be truly honest, it can be pushed to the back burner for days and sometimes those days turn into weeks. I start really getting down on myself for not making the time and really, turning from God in a sense.
Do you know what is so beautiful about Christ?
When I’m ready, He’s always there. And yes, while I know that I need to be involved with him on the daily, I am so thankful and grateful that He is here for me. He is the only one who will without a doubt never turn his back on me, even if I turn my back on Him. And do you know the best part? He welcomes me back with open arms. In all of my broken-ness, He is the one that makes me whole again.
And when you’re ready, He will be right there waiting for you.
So yes, while I feel like there are days that I have similar thoughts to Nicodemus, I reflect back on John 3:16-17 and know that I am saved because of His son dying on the cross for my sins. And when I feel down that I haven’t taken the time to be reading scripture and spending time with him, He is always there.
You are enough for me. Thank you for taking my life in Your hands and for sending Your son to this world so we could know You and have a relationship with You. I ask that you would continue to work inside of me, to help me devote more time to You, and to help others know of Your love.
Friends – Have a wonderful day and know that He is there waiting for you, whenever you are ready.