In every relationship, there may come a time or two when you doubt; when you may ask yourself, “Did I make the right choice?”
There’s a bit of that going on right now. People are looking on at the turmoil happening in the world, and they are wondering whether God still loves us.
Let me take you down memory lane; we’re going to talk about first loves.
No, it is not what you’re thinking.
I am talking about when you first found God.
You know the feeling I’m talking about?
That bowled-over, awestruck, humbled feeling that God, creator of the whole universe, cared enough about you to send His only son to the cross, just to redeem you back to Him.
Truly, “Greater love has no one than this…” John 15:13 NIV
Now be honest, do you still feel the same?
Are you still enamoured with Jesus?
Like any relationship teetering on the brink of breakdown, there are things that can be done to redeem it.
Here are 7 things which you can try:
1. Request an audience with God. Consistently spend quality time together – praying and listening for His response. “Pray at all times.”
1 Thessalonians 5:17 GNT
2. Read His Word. Refresh your memory of how God came through for countless others in the Bible, especially when the situation looked hopeless. “Faith makes us sure of what we hope for and gives us proof of what we cannot see. It was their faith that made our ancestors pleasing to God.” Hebrews 11:1-2 CEV “Such a large crowd of witnesses is all around us…we must be determined to run the race that is ahead of us.” Hebrews 12:1 CEV
3. Remind yourself that God does not change. He has promised that He will deliver us from this world of sin, and He has always kept His word. “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever.” Hebrews 13:8 KJV
“God is not like people, who lie; He is not a human who changes his mind. Whatever he promises, he does; He speaks, and it is done.”
Numbers 23:19 GNT
4. Rekindle your faith. Ask God for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit in your life. Ask Him to place that desire to connect with Him within you, and respond to the Spirit’s prodding. “Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near.” Isaiah 55:6 KJV
5. Review His promises. The Bible is littered with them. Find ones that are appropriate for your situation and memorize them. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”
Psalms 119:105 KJV
6. Recall the good times. In every relationship there will be struggles, but in the difficult times, it is good to remind yourself of the better times. Consider your journey together – where God brought you from and where you are today. “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23 KJV
7. Reach out to someone else who may be struggling at this time. Extend the love of God to someone else. Pray for them; encourage them. “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2 KJV
Friends, relationships take work, and our relationship with God is no different.
If we’re feeling a bit distant from Him today, it is us who would have turned our backs. He is right where we left Him; still waiting with arms outstretched, to welcome us back.
Remember, “We love because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19 NIV.