If you are busy, which most people are to an insane degree these days, it can be very easy to go through an entire day without even thinking about the reality of who God is.
We may still go through the motions of praying, half participating out of habit more than desire. The number of distractions we face on a regular basis is staggering, and then if you’re anything like me you might use your leisure time to more or less bathe in even MORE distractions via news websites, TV, games, and social media.
All of this makes it terrifyingly easy to simply lose the thread in our faith life – we just stop thinking about God sometimes. I don’t think it happens on purpose for a lot of people, at least not right away. But over time it can become a habit to think of God as another compartmentalized section of life, or perhaps not even think of Him at all.
And then we find ourselves, disconnected and overwhelmed most likely, and unsure how to go back. We don’t know how to reconnect. It’s easy to feel like too much has happened, too much time has passed, and the ship has sailed.
Even if we’re diligent in our walk with the Lord we can experience episodes of this. And the evil one absolutely loves when this happens.
Because if he can disconnect us from God and then, when we want to return, distort the truth of who God is in our minds he can keep us isolated. When actually isolation is the last thing God wants for us. God desires to be connected with us - in union with us. Whenever we have strayed he is so open and willing to take us back.
When I get painted into this mental corner, I try and focus on God's eternal nature, remembering that He is outside of time and therefore if there is something He’s doing at any point in time He is always doing it. (This might seem overly academic at first glance, but when you apply it, I find it really helpful so stay with me!)
For instance, if God is forgiving, he is always forgiving. He can’t forgive one time, or three times, and then on number four change His mind. He does not change his mind. It is perfect from beginning to end, always loving us, creating us, calling us to himself.
It is this eternal consistency that allows us to give all of our weight to the faithfulness of God. We can TRUST him. We can go back to Him over and over and over and He’s not surprised or standoffish or guilt-trippy. He requires our repentance because that’s what we need in order to grow, but He does not hold the sins of our past over our heads.
There are no grudges in God.
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