Even before we go our own way, God is fully aware of our propensity to stray. “When all these things happen to you—the blessings and curses I have set before you—and you come to your senses while you are in all the nations where the Lord your God has driven you, and you and your children return to the Lord your God and obey Him with all your heart and all your soul by doing everything I am giving you today, then He will restore your fortunes, have compassion on you, and gather you again from all the peoples where the Lord your God has scattered you.”
Our God is famous for His mercy and compassion and He knows we are bound to wander. He lets us know just how great our restoration will be when true repentance takes place. Locations and time periods may vary, however, His Storyline loops back around to a recurring theme: there is goodness and blessing in God. Humanity fails, redemption takes place for the repentant, restoration comes from a compassionate God whose desire is to bless, and when all is said and done, there will be more blessings than we could ever imagine! We are blessed to go forth and love those who live in a world that is still upside-down. We can do this best when we reflect on how Jesus loved and look forward with joy in the hope that is yet before us.
Russell’s explanation of a biblical worldview through CrownHeartWorld, coupled with his insights from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, has been an ongoing life transformation for me. God, as we grow in Christ-likeness, may we turn to You quickly when we do fail. Thank You for gathering us into Your family, Your Story. Help us to come to our senses and live like life matters. Loving You with all we have should lead to loving people too. Fill us with compassion enough to care, then wisdom enough to act. Amen.