Throughout the whole Bible we see examples of not only God’s wrath but also of God’s love. He is constantly having to punish His children for one thing or another. Just as any of us parents must do (just maybe not to His extreme). In the end, though, just as we as parents still love our children unconditionally, He still loves us unconditionally.
In Amos 7:1:6 God was ready to destroy Israel with locusts and fire but each time Amos begged Him for forgiveness and the Lord stopped. My question while reading this was; How many times will He keep forgiving us, though?? The answer came to me right away as I was even writing the question in my journal. He will forgive us 7 X infinity.
That is what this whole weekend is about; God’s love and forgiveness of our sins through the death of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. God knows all about what we have done. He knows all about the partying and the premarital sex that we had. He knows each of the paths that are behind us and He knows each of the paths that we could possibly take in the future before even we know about them. He, like any parent, hopes and prays we take the good and less harmful path but even if we don’t He still sent His son to the cross for those wrong choices we make. He still forgives us our sins.
Not only does He forgive out sins He promises restoration. We fall down from our own mistakes and our own accord and we reach out to Him and accept His son as our Lord and Savior He will forgive us and restore us. If He, Himself, has to tear us apart, He will restore us. He is all about the restoration game. In fact our final restoration will be when we get to finally meet up with Him in our forever home. He will restore us from these yucky earthly bodies to our glorious ones.
Some of you may not believe this. Some of you may mock me for my belief. Some of you may just turn your heads and think I am crazy to believe in something I can’t see. Yet every time my life has fallen apart and I cried out in prayer it has been restored. Every time I have messed up and thought there was no hope for me I have been forgiven. Whether I can see Him or not I know my God is there and I will hold on to that faith until the day I die. Faith is better than having no hope at all.
So this weekend as you see all the people celebrating the death and resurrection of a “simple man” think about what you want. Think about if you want to continue to live just this simple life where the only hope you seem to have is nothingness after death. Give yourself to God and know that you have a rich filled life after this one in His arms.