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His mercy endures forever
July 23,2012
by Deacon David Taylor, St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake

“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Jesus Christ.” 1st Thessalonians 5:18.

One of the difficulties of being a Christian is when events seem to “go south” in our lives, and we read passages in scripture that we should be “thankful” in all things.

The cares of everyday life often pile up on us at times. Lately, many people have had money problems, and this in a climate of few job opportunities and home foreclosures. We are drawn to church on Sunday, but ponder these concerns while we sit in the pews.

As troubles arise, we need to “take a breath” and remember the good things that Christ has already given us. From time-to-time, a Christian needs to take a brief “mental retreat” to a quiet place, and ask this basic question: “Who is this Jesus, and what is He doing in my life? How is my life better With Him?”

First, we know Jesus is a personal Savior, “who knows you very well and even called you by name before you were born.” (Jeremiah 1-5). Without your consent, you were born into this world with a natural faith in your Creator.

We are imperfect people, but we belong to a perfect Savior. God created you out of love – there is no other reason. He gave you life, people around you to witness to, and a special “bonus” of living in a place with safety and plenty to eat. To quote the Amish, “all this bread and Jesus, too!”

Secondly, we appreciate that God did make us imperfect. He gave you and the angels “free will” to explore this life and make your own decisions. Granted, some of these decisions have led to sinful things, but because “we belong to Christ,” we were not happy with those results.

Like the parents of a wayward teenager, our Father in Heaven does not give up on us with our sins, and uses the blood of His Son on the cross to take those blemishes away from our lives. We need only to return to Him in prayer, and forgiveness is freely given. There are no sins in this life greater than the love and grace of Christ.

Thirdly, we know that our “price” to be part of God’s family is simple faith. We believe that Jesus is who He says He is. Any doubts we may have, and any troubles that come our way, are given up to Christ. He wants you to give those cares to Him.

And finally, God has given you a purpose here on earth. Along with the stewardship of our lives, there are people and situations placed in your path that only you can address. You are perhaps the only Christian in a position. to help that someone else.

The cares of the world will always be with us, but then we remember Psalm 136: “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, and His mercy endures forever.” We are thankful for Jesus, our personal Savior, who Will never leave you or forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5).