He loves you just the same
by Eunice Stuhlhofer
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I have been out of normal and consistent employment for the last five years. I have had part time jobs that lasted only weeks and was again back home as a housewife. By the grace of God, I am now in fulltime employment. One of the things that I cherished most when I was at home was the amount of time in my hands to do my things which included spending quality time with the Lord. With my job, things have suddenly changed. I find myself often fatigued and with little time to enjoy the same time with God as I did before.
One day, I was hurrying to work and praying. I repented for not being able to wake up early enough to pray because of the fatigue that had become a part of my life now. I seemed to have time deficiency. I hurriedly thanked God for the day and asking Him to protect my family. This, I felt was the least I should do before I started the hectic day.I could hear the speed of my words as I prayed and I did not like it. I had been praying for a job and the Lord had now provided. I did not want the job to become a hindrance to my relationship with God. I knew that His blessings maketh rich and addeth no sorrow yet the job was taking almost all my time and a significant amount of my energy. I honestly felt like my relationship with God was taking a downward trend. That was a major concern to me.
But God spoke to me that day specifically about my relationship with him. He told me that He loved me and would protect my family even if I did not ask Him to on that very day because we are in a relationship. He would even do more than I had asked Him to. Although he loves to fellowship with me our relationship did not end just because I had not prayed or read His word on a given time. He did not want me to feel guilty and get frustrated about it because that is religion and not relationship.He reminded me that I was in a covenant relationship and He keeps covenants. I was overwhelmed by His compassion and awakened to see how religious I was. As if to confirm what He had said to me I read the following from A.W Tozer's book, The pursuit of God.
Since believing is looking it can be done any time.No season is superior to another season for this sweetest of all acts. God never made salvation to depend upon new moons or holy days or sabbaths. A man is not nearer to Christ on Easter Sunday than he is , say on Saturday, August 3, or Monday, October 4. As long as Christ is on the mediatorial throne, everyday is a good day and all days are days of salvation. Neither does place matter to this blessed work of believing God. Lift up your heart and let it rest upon Jesus and you are instantly in a sanctuary though it be a Pullman berth or a kitchen. You can see God from anywhere if your mind is set to move and obey Him. A. W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God.
I realised that though my job had ushered me into a different lifestyle, my prayer life and fellowship with God was taking on a new dimension that I had not anticipated. God wanted me to learn how to worship Him anywhere and anytime and that would amount to more time than I had before. God was doing a new thing and I had not yet perceived it. He was taking our relationship to another dimension and His feelings for me had not changed. It reminded me that God chose to send Jesus to save us when we were of no use to him because of our sins.
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. Romans5:8(NIRV)
As soon as I got that revelation, my attitude changed. I am now learning to fellowship and worship God everywhere I am and not only in a closet at home. I don't have to say the hurried prayers of protection and run off to work but I have more time with Jesus through the day. I realise that I need to spend time with the Lord and His everlasting love is not an excuse not to prioritise my time with Him but Iam free to love Him back without feeling guilty of my failures and circumstances. Our relationship with God is a covenant sealed through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. It is already done. Although we may change because of circumstances, God does not change. He remains the Ancient of days.
I hear the Lord saying the following to You and I.
He said, "I have loved you with a love that lasts forever. I have kept on loving you with faithful love. Jeremiah 31:3 (NIRV)
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Eunice, this is a WONDERFUL message that many need to hear, I think. I enjoyed this very much, and it gave me much to ponder.
Thank you, Eunice for sharing this wonderful truth. You have shared it accurately. He does love us just the same and we must love HIM just the same no matter what life throws at us. It is such a joy to walk with HIM moment by moment and experience many surprises. GOD BLESS YOU