God gives us true life

491 god wants to give us real lifeIn the movie As Good As It Gets, Jack Nicholson plays a rather rude person. He is disturbed both emotionally and socially. He has no friends and there is little hope for him until he meets a young woman who serves him in his hangout. She's had a hard time, unlike others before her. So she shows him some attention, he responds in the same way, and they get closer in the course of the film. Just as the young waitress, Jack Nicholson, showed a degree of benevolence he did not deserve, so does the mercy of God on our Christian journey. Miguel de Cervantes, the great Spanish author of Don Quixote, wrote that "God's mercy shines far brighter than his righteousness".

Grace is a gift we did not deserve. We tend to hug a friend who is going through a bad time of his life. We may even whisper in his ear, "It's going to be okay." Theologically speaking, we are right with such a statement, however difficult the situation may be, only Christians can say that things will end well and God's mercy will shine brightly becomes.

"He does not act with us after our sins and does not forgive us for our wrongdoing. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, he lets his grace over those who fear him. As far as the morning is from the evening, he lets us be our transgressions. As a father has mercy on children, the Lord has mercy on those who fear him. For he knows what kind of structure we are; he remembers that we are dust "(Ps 103,10-14 LUT).

During a severe drought in the land, God commanded the prophet Elijah to go to the creek Krit to drink and God sent the ravens to feed him (2, 17,1-4). God took care of his servant.

God will take care of us from the abundance of his wealth. So Paul wrote to the Church of Philippi: "My God will redeem all your need for His riches in glory in Christ Jesus" (Phil 4,19). That was true for the Philippians and it is also true for us. Jesus encouraged his audience in the Sermon on the Mount:

Do not worry about your life, what you will eat and drink; also not for your body, what you will attract. Is not life more than food and body more than clothing? Look at the birds under the sky: they do not sow, they do not reap, they do not gather in the barns; and your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you much more precious than she? (Mt6,25-26).

God also proved that he cared for Elisha when he urgently needed help. King Ben-Hadad had summoned the armies of Syria against Israel several times. But every time he attacked, the armies of Israel were somehow prepared for his advance. He thought there was a spy in the camp, so he gathered his generals and researched, "Who is the spy among us?" One answered, "My lord, it is the prophet Elisha, he has the knowledge before the king himself knows what he's up to. " So King Ben-Hadad ordered his armies to advance to Dotan, Elisa's hometown. Can we imagine what that must have looked like? "Hail, King Ben Hadad! Where do you want to go? "The king would answer," We will capture this little prophet Elisha. " When he came to Dotan, his great army surrounded the city of the Prophet. Elisha's young servant went out to fetch water, and when he saw the great army, he panicked and ran back to Elisha, saying, "Lord, the armies of Syria are against us. What should we do? "Elisha said," Do not be afraid, because there are more who are with us than those who are with them! "The young man must have thought," Great, out there, a huge army surrounds us there's a madman in here with me. " But Elisha prayed, "Lord, open the young man's eyes to see!" God opened his eyes, and he saw that the army of Syria was surrounded by the hosts of the LORD and a great multitude of fiery steeds and chariots (2. King 6,8-17).

The message of Holy Scripture is certainly this: we have the occasional feeling of lost the courage on our journey to life and circumstances have driven us to the abyss of despair. Let us confess that we are unable to help ourselves. Then we can rely on Jesus and His message to take care of us. He will give us joy and victory. He gives us true eternal life, as beloved brother, beloved sister. Let's never forget that. Let us trust him!

by Santiago Lange


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