Wednesday, August 05, 2020
Freedom. 1 Corinthians 1:18. August 05 2020.
“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”
1 Corinthians 1:18
On Monday this week, I received a phone call that you never want to get. My sister called me to say that a nephew of ours took his life on the weekend. He had left his wife about eight months ago and now this. Questions immediately flood your mind, “Why” and “What could I have done to help?” Etc etc.
When situations in our lives appear broken and unrepairable, despair can settle into our hearts. This is especially true when we do not turn to the source of our ultimate freedom: our Heavenly Father.
Paul wrote in Corinthians that the message of the cross, the death of Christ and what it means for us today, is what brings power into our lives. Jesus’ death and resurrection portrays to us a picture of freedom from a life of despair.
The sin of the world seemed far beyond forgiveness, and all of that weight rested on Jesus. Through His death and resurrection, He paid the price for all of our sins. Not only paying the price for our sins but purchasing our freedom from them for now and forever more.
We must find hope in God, no matter how desperate we are. Our prayer is that my nephew reached out to God before his despair over took him. He had faithfully served God for many years and had professed his faith in Jesus.
Study and read Scripture. Speak out to God in prayer. When we do we will see that God desires us to be free from the bondage of despair. He will free us as we trust in Him.
🙏 Father God, we do trust you and we do want to be free from the sins that so easily overwhelm us. Thank you for sending Your Son Jesus to take away our sins and to represent us before your throne. I pray that you will send peace and understanding to my sister and her other siblings at this time. I pray also that the peace that passes all understanding will flood each of the people who were affected by this tragedy. In the powerful name of Jesus I pray