Nothing Matters Anymore
I recently received the following comment from a reader.
"I would love to have this book if I had any chance of seeking God's face now. I knew God had my best intentions in His heart when I was young, but I went my own way. Did "my own thing" because, of course, I was so proud, conceited, and selfish. I have paid in a river of tears and regrets in my old age. It was to my peril and the death of me. Nothing matters anymore."
Can't you feel the pain and sense of hopelessness in this comment?
But, this person is not alone in feeling this way. We have all done the same things to one degree or another and we all have regrets.
When we are overwhelmed by a sense of failure, we don't need someone else to tell us how bad we are, we do a great job of that all on our own. Self condemnation can be brutal. And sometimes, the circumstances that we have put ourselves in seem more than we can bear because things don't end up in a good place. Such was the case when God refused Cain's offering and confronted him on his attitude. Cain's offering was probably unaceptable because it was insincere or he gave it grudgingly and with resentment.
"Why are you angry, and why do you look disappointed? If you do well, won't you be accepted? But if you don't do well, sin is lying outside your door ready to attack. It wants to control you, but you must master it." Genesis 4:6-7 (GOD'S WORD translation)
Cain chose to ignore this warning that God gave him. God was telling Cain that he had an opportunity to get it right if he wanted to. He could have repented before God and changed his attitude and made a sincere offering. Instead, Cain proceeded to take out his anger and frustration of being caught in his sin upon his brother, and Cain killed him. When God confronted him with his act of murder, Cain did not repent. He denied any knowledge of his sin with a flippant answer when he said, "Am I my bother's keeper?" When he was held accountable for his actions and his lie, he only complained by saying, “My punishment is more than I can bear.”
Sin had mastered him, because he chose to let it.
But that does not have to be the case for you. God does not give up on you. Only you can choose to give up on Him. And you don’t have to do that. As they say, “it’s not over until it’s over,” and that is only after you have drawn your last breath. As long as you are still breathing, you can repent, be forgiven and let God work with you and in you for restoration.
There were two criminals crucified on either side of Jesus. One rejected Jesus, just like Cain rejected God. However, the other sought out His forgiveness and Jesus said that he would be with Him in paradise.
Look how close to death the thief on the cross was and Jesus accepted him!
It is only too late, when you say it is too late.
The Apostle Paul said that he took pleasure in the severe trials and tribulations that he endured.
9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (KJV)
Paul said that when he was the weakest in his natural body and mind, he was the strongest. He took pleasure, not because he enjoyed the problems, but in his times of distress, through Jesus, God met his needs and made him strong.
Reach out to Jesus right now and repent of everything that has plagued you. Man may not forgive you, but God will. And God will restore you. With His help, sin will no longer be able to master you.
God always has a way for you... Through Jesus, He can mold you into the person that He has prepared you to be. If you put your trust in Him, you can become the most fulfilled version of yourself possible!
Jesus will set you free if you let Him !
I hope my blog posts help you grow in your faith and Biblical understanding. I would like to invite you on a journey of further spiritual growth by purchasing the Ideolatry Book and Study Guide. Together, these tools will give you a strong Biblical foundation when life is difficult to understand.
May the Lord bless you and keep you... Dr. Rich Masek
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