Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

November 27, 2011

Eric Wilkerson

Senior, Exercise Science Major

“Why do you let us wander, O Lord, from your ways, and harden our hearts so that we fear you not?”- Isaiah 63:17

The question Isaiah poses has been asked for centuries. There is never a question that God loves us; he promised the Israelites throughout the Old Testament that he would send his Son, and he fulfilled his promise in Jesus.  Allowing Jesus to come to Earth and be put to death was the ultimate sign of love by both Jesus and the Father.  The question has never been whether God loves us, rather the question is: do we love God?

It is easy to love God in the easy times, when things are going well.  At these times we can clearly see how God loves us and we can appreciate him for it.  The challenge is to remember that God loves us in the mediocre and difficult times.  It can be challenging to remember that the difficult times often shape our faith the most and turn us into stronger Christians.  As long as we can maintain our faith during the difficult times, and recognize that God created us and that he continues to love us, we can build a more fulfilling relationship with him.  As Paul mentions in 1 Corinthians 1:9:

“God is faithful, and by him you were called to fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” 

Paul is informing us that despite our constantly sinning nature, God continues to love us.  He loves us so much that he sent his Son to us.  He has given us everything we need in our time, and “He will keep you firm to the end…’ (1 Cor 1:8).  All we can do is trust in Christ and know that all things will come in their time as long as we stay firm in our love for him.

It is vital that we do not forget God when we walk through our normal day.  In Mark, Christ talks about his final coming.  He would not give his disciples a firm date for when he would come again; he merely said they should be ready.  This continues to be important to us, because we don't know when the end of the world will be.  Although people have tried to predict the end of time, it is impossible for any of us to know the will of God.  If we wait to “get ready” for the end of time by not living Christ’s commands now, we may be caught off guard.  Christ does not want this to happen which is why he warns us in Mark 13:33, “May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to all: ‘Watch!’” This is one of the most direct ways Christ can say it: he wants us to continue to keep him in mind and do the deeds of the Father so we are not lost at the end of time.  This is a call to action unlike most others in the Gospels.  Christ wants us to start living our faith today, so we can spend eternity in heaven with him and create a better world for others.

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