As Christians, we have this idea in our minds that God rewards the righteous and punishes the wicked. God blesses those who love Him. He brings consequences to those who fail to walk in His ways. We like to feel that we are on the righteous end of this continuum, but the reality is that we do at times sin and can tend towards the wrong end of the scale.
When our faith is strong and we are walking close to God in our daily lives, we sense His presence, we feel we are being fruitful in the world, and we feel His protection. We feel centered and confident that we can handle what life brings our way. God feels like a good friend. Then we drift. Or maybe we fall hard into sin in what feels like an instant. We look up and feel like God is nowhere to be found. The source of life feels like a distant memory. Then we are like chaff, blown easily this way and then that way. Yet there is hope. There is always hope.
Jesus Christ is the living water, the way, the truth, and the life. When we are lost, He gives direction. When we are empty, He fills us up. When we are confused, He pours wisdom into us. When we sin, He offers grace and forgiveness. As inconsistent and changing as we are, Christ is as rock-solid and unchanging. As often as we stumble and fall, Jesus is there over and over and over again, extending us that grace and love that never ends. How deep and wide is His love! He calls us to walk in His ways, to be His disciples, and to love as He loves. May we reflect His love today.
Scripture reference: Psalm 1