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When it doesn’t matter any more

panhandle_cloudscape_dMost of us find ways to make sure we are involved in things that really matter to us.

For some it involves the church, for others its involved in the community, for others its caring for people, for some, its making sure that children grow up in an environment of wholeness and for most of us, its our family.

Have you ever seen someone lose hope in what they were after.  For instance, let’s take family.  Ever seen a father get it all together when he loses his only daughter or son?  I have seen fathers turn against God so quickly and rarely have I never seen the anger turned to anyone else – because God is God and if He wanted to do something, like save their child, He could have, but obviously chose not too.

What about church?  Everyone who has ever been involved in anything at church knows the politics that are involved.  Church, as in the organization, has messed up a lot of people over the years.  It drains a lot of passion out of a follower of Jesus.

I think you know now what I am talking about – what happens when it doesn’t matter anymore?  What if Jesus is no longer the love of your life, you have lost hope in His omniscience, omnipotence, and omnipresence?  What if you hoped He could just wipe away your anorexia, drug or drinking problem, debt situation or heal your marriage and that just did not happen.  The miracle never came, only the continued hard work.

Most people just walk away from God. Others take the time to share with others that putting their hope in God is a waste of time.  Then others, like Charles Templeton, make a career of trying to convince people God really does not exist at all.

What a great reminder for everyone to remember that God is not a pop machine where we place our toonie and wait for the bottle of pop to come out as we punched in our order.  Walking with God is a relationship.  No matter what we do, where we go, He goes with us.  We may experience hell on earth, but what is different from the real hell is that God has not left us, nor will He ever do so.  Not getting what we want or what we hoped for is not the reason we have a relationship with Him – we love Him and know without a shadow of a doubt that He gave everything to reveal His love for us.

That’s why it always matters!

 

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“Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emman′u-el” (which means, God with us)." Matthew 1:23 RSV

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