The Struggle is Real
Ever have one of those days? Well, today was for me. I won't go into the details but it made me struggle and a bit frustrated. Then I remembered this, and I'm sure I don't have the quote right, but I know Martin Luther said this (and I'm paraphrasing),
My temptation is this, that I think I do not have a gracious God.
Now, who but the enemy of our souls would tell us such a lie. God's Word is filled with Him being gracious, giving us grace and undeserved kindness. Yet, over and over again, the Scriptures tell us God is gracious, merciful, kind, compassionate, loving and faithful.
Today, I felt like this after the Apologetics Together lesson and I went to my room and cried out to God. Then I remembered the Communion Hymn from yesterday
Christ says: "come, all you that labor,
And receive my Grace and favor:
Those who feel no pain or ill
Need no physician's help or skill.
and this verse
Let this food your faith so nourish
That its fruit of love may flourish
And your neighbor learn from you
How much God's wondrous love can do.
Sometimes, I just need to be reminded of God's grace. More than that, I need to remember that God is a God of mercy, slow to anger and abounding in love. Psalm 103 rings true today:
We all have those kinds of days and I know today I needed to be reminded of the truths of God's Word that He has shown mercy, loves us (me included) and even when darts are thrown our way, He is abounding in steadfast love.