We attend church. We call ourselves Christians. We insist that we believe in God. It all looks and sounds very good, but we've forgotten something crucial.
The Ten Commandments seem like the beginner's level of being a Christian. But as I reread them, I was surprised by how many of the commandments conflict with things I really like to do.
Christians get a bad rap these days because, well, a lot of them deserve it. We don't glorify God with our actions or our words. But why is that?
Doubt is confusing and squirmy and invasive. It whispers to us over and over again in the worst moments. This chapter demonstrates just one of the ways to shut Doubt up.
What kind of Lover doesn't see a future with their beloved? What kind of Romantic doesn't lie awake at night, dreaming sweet dreams about the new life they and their beloved will live together? Imagine Jesus lying awake thinking about you.
What if your significant other falls out of love with you? What if your friends get tired of you? I wonder if God ever asks those questions about us.
He'd move mountains for us, stay up all night talking to us, pour out blessings so that we won't have room for them. How can we resist that? How do we give that energy right on back to Him?
Love isn't something you trip and fall into. Love isn't a collection of butterflies or heady emotions. Love is...well, love is...
Maybe we have a generic idea of what it looks like to be a Christian. Go to church every week. Buy a highlighter and use it in your Bible. Volunteer at a soup kitchen?
But what if God wanted to do a new thing in your faith walk?
Surely God can manage a global pandemic.
Maybe we tell ourselves these things, but we're looking around. We're seeing people dying. We're seeing people suffering.
Does God really know what He's doing?