This devotion was originally written for the Chase Oaks Church website. Read the Devotion on the Chase Oaks website…..
Colossians 1:15-20; Isaiah 9:6-7
15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.16For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him.17He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.18He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.19For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him,20and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.
Isaiah 9:6-7 (NASB)
6For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
7There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace,
On the throne of David and over his kingdom,
To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness
From then on and forevermore.
The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this.”
Jesus is fully God and fully man. And Jesus, the incarnate of the all-powerful God and creator of the universe, wants to have a personal relationship with the sinful, mistake-making, fully human me—and you. Jesus died on the cross to make that possible. Jesus came to save everyone and cares about each one.
In my relationship with Jesus, I talk (pray) to Him throughout my day and try to remember to look to Him before making decisions. God answers all prayers. However, it may not always be the answer you want. God may answer with a yes, no, or wait, but there are no unanswered prayers.
There have been times when I didn’t like His answer to something I was praying about, and I would get angry at Him. I’m ashamed to say there have even been times when I have yelled with my face turned upward telling God how unfair He was. The reality is that He is God, and Jesus’ accessibility and love for me can sometimes make me forget that He reigns over all. Jesus is not a genie who grants my wishes. Jesus is the almighty God.
Thankfully Jesus loves me, and I can be open about my feelings, even my anger or doubt. I’ll say it again: Jesus is God Almighty, even when we don’t understand why things happen the way they do. Many of the bad things that happen in the world are just the consequences of living in a fallen, sinful world.
However, being in a relationship with Jesus means taking everything to Him and making Him a part of your everyday life. Jesus wants to share in your joy, calm you when you are angry, and comfort you when you are sad. And the best part is, God is your BFF—literally.