If you get nothing else from this devotional today…please grasp this concept – nothing is too hard for the Lord. Job’s personal relationship with God helped him understand that nothing could hinder or stop God’s plan and purpose. Ephesians 1:11 says, “According to the plan of Him Who works everything in conformity with the purpose of His Will.” There is nothing that can prevent God’s Will from being fulfilled, for all power and might are in His hands. So if you’re facing impossible challenges today…take heart, nothing is too hard for the Lord.
As a Christian we live two lives. One is our inner life…or our vertical life. This is our very intimate relationship with our Heavenly Father and consists of prayer and Bible study. This vertical life is spent getting to know God. The other is our outer life…or our horizontal life. This is our relationship with others as an ambassador for Christ. It consists of being the hands and feet of Jesus. This horizontal life is spent showing the love of God to the unloved and unlovely. Both are vitally important and interdependent on each other…for both are necessary to a vibrant and growing Christian walk. Our vertical relationship with Christ sparks us to reach out horizontally to others with His love… which sends us back to Him to be refilled…only to be again compelled to reach out for Him.
Evil will no longer be able to prevail here on earth on the great and dreadful day of the Lord. All wickedness and darkness will be purged from His sight as the Lord comes in His Father’s glory. In the blink of an eye, all will be purified and cleansed.
The personal relationship we have with Jesus cannot be summed up in mere words. We don’t have the vocabulary to somehow articulate the exuberance our soul feels when pondering His love for us, and our love for Him. It’s at those times, we want to leap for joy with happiness and gratitude for what He’s done in our life.