A Lousy Life



Even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation! 
Habakkuk 3:17-18

When absolutely everything that can go wrong goes wrong. It is then that I rejoice the most in the God of my salvation. 

It is in these moments that I reveal that God is not simply a means to an end for me but the end itself.

The idea of worshipping a God only because he made me rich healthy and successful is a great insult to the divine and a sign that I have no real relationship with him.  God is not God in this arrangement. God becomes the servant of my will which is the true deity.      

The clearest evidence that a person has not slipped into self worship by using God is when that  person rejoices in God even when everything has gone wrong. It is in the moments of sorrow and pain that deep joy emerges from the true lover of God. This joy In God stands tall even and especially when the dark shadows of death overshadow us and the ones we love.

 For the Christian,  joy in God explodes forth from the cross. The cross conquers fear and death, selfishness and loneliness, shame and guilt. Everything that truly ruins us has been defeated. We are loved. We are welcomed into God’s family. We are accepted. We are slowly but surely transformed into who we should be. We have a hope that will not dim. This is the deep love of God for us and none of this changes no matter what tragedy befalls us.                  

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About Dennis Arve Wilkinson

Happily married, blessed with four children, thrilled to have started Meta Communities in 2011. Born in Calgary, raised in Winnipeg, undergraduate education in Wisconsin (NIU) & Seminary education in Minnesota (CBTS). During my time in the Midwest I gained about a dozen years of pastoral experience. It has been my privilege to travel to many parts of the globe and divine providence has smiled on me by allowing me to be mentored by several men of great character over the course of my life time. I am a follower of Jesus - though not without struggle. I am committed to joining God in the restoration of all things by telling, showing, and welcoming people into the good news of God's story. God's story of redemption in Jesus is the best story the human has -- I am letting the better story shape my life and helping others do the same.

Posted on March 6, 2015, in Dens Devotions, Wrestling with the Bible and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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