What is it you crave? What are you seeking with all you’ve got? Is it the craving of worldly possessions? Is it the desires and thoughts of today’s culture? Do you seek to be one of the “in crowd?” Do you know there is something far better available to you?
We all have cravings, desires, and wants. We all fall prey to the latest craze at some point in our lives. It may be the latest fashion our favorite movie star is sporting. It may be those horrendously expensive sunglasses our favorite sports star wears. It may be the popularity our classmates or colleagues appear to have.
Chasing after those things can be destructive. They can keep us from the better things in life. But even if we fall prey to chasing those things, when we realize it and determine to turn our focus back on God, he forgives us. Isn’t that amazing? Who of us is willing to forgive a close friend or family member who has ignored us for a period of time when they return their focus to us? We may find it hard even if they have a very legitimate reason, such as a very sick member of their family. We may think, even if we won’t speak it, they could have at least called!
On the other hand, God does forgive us. His grace is without limits. His mercy is extended to us immediately. We don’t deserve it, but He does it anyway. Why? Because He loves us more than we can fully understand. He loves more than a child loves a new puppy. He loves us more than a mother loves her children.
His grace and mercy save us from destruction. They pull us out of the ditches we find ourselves in. They lift us up onto wings like eagles (Isaiah 40:31). They pull us from the grips of death and give us life. It is God’s love, grace, and mercy that saves us from ourselves, this world, and Satan. We should thank Him every moment of every day.
I pray we all return our focus to God. I pray we see His wondrous grace and mercy at work in our lives. I pray we feel the amazing love He has for us at all times. See God’s grace at work. See the mercy He extends to you. Feel His love. Give thanks to God. Focus on Him.
Ephesians 2:4-5 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.