Now think about the people around you. How often do you shake hands with your colleagues? How many times have you taken something someone was handing you--a pencil, a grocery receipt, a bag, a book, a report. Did you hug your family before your day began this morning? Did your children kiss you before bed last night? All of these things have become part of our daily lives, as well, yet we don't always take the time to physically feel each experience.
In fact, we ignore most of what our skin, our sense of touch, is telling us until we are experiencing pain or discomfort. You stub your toe or cut yourself. You get a sunburn or clip a corner with your shin. When something painful or out of the ordinary happens, the messages from our sense of touch become too loud to ignore. They must be addressed.
Now think back to the first time you really recognized God's touch in your life. It was exciting! It was fresh and new, and you probably could hardly contain yourself. Remember the first time you read John 3:16 and truly understood it's meaning. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." Those words are powerful and strong. But for so many Christians, this well-loved passage has become a part of daily life, like that watch that you never notice anymore.
We trudge along through our lives, loving God, believing in Him, and even trusting Him, but we've become complacent. Scripture is full of hundreds of promises from God to us, yet we overlook them. We ignore them.
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. --John 16:33
Everything is possible for him who believes. --Mark 9:23
I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. --Luke 10:19
I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. --John 11:25
For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict...But not a hair of your head will perish. By standing firm you will gain life. --Luke 21:15, 18-19
Your Father knows what you need before you ask him. --Matthew 6:8
I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. --John 14:12-14
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. --Matthew 11:28-30
These words of Jesus hold promises of strength, power, protection, and love. And these are but a handful of the promises contained in the entirety of Scripture. God has written down His love for us, and He has promised us much.
Yet, just like our skin, we often ignore most of God's touch on our lives time and time again. We may know the words in our hearts and mind, but we've become so comfortable with them that we cease to notice the effect they have in our lives. The busy-ness of our lives, the mountain of obligations in front of us, the abundance of our lives all work against us seeing God's hand moving in and around us. We completely overlook His touch, until something goes awry.
When we hurt, when life gets uncomfortable, when things get messy, it becomes infinitely easier to turn to God. And He is faithful to show up in those moments to provide comfort, guidance, peace, and love. But when that is the only time we turn to Him, we are missing out on truly living out the life He has planned for us. There is freedom in God's promises, in His touch.
Close your eyes, or at least the eyes of your mind, and begin to feel. Really feel what is around you. Listen to your heart. Focus on God's promises in your life. Feel his blessings flooding over you. Remember His protection of your heart. Notice His forgiveness lifting all of your burdens. Feel His touch, and know the power of the Most High!
Live free in Christ today!
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