we think, The Lord has deserted us; the
Lord has forgotten us. Look how God addresses such complaints:
Can a mother forget her nursing child?
Can she feel no love for the child she has borne?
But even if that were possible, I would not forget you!
See, I have written your name on the
palms of my hands."
If you don't trust me, check it out in
Isaiah 49:14-16 (NLT).
Max Lukado's words describing Judas, the traitor,
spoke to me, "But for all the things we don’t know about Judas, there is
one thing we know for sure: He had no relationship with the Master. He had seen
Jesus, but he did not know him. He had heard Jesus, but he did not understand
him. He had a religion but no relationship."
Aren't we, who call ourselves Christians, in a way
like Judas? Do we know verses from the bible and are ready to throw them in
every conversation to prove our point, or.... Do we love our Savior? Are we willing to go to any length to show compassion, even to our
enemies? Do we honestly pray every morning, "Lord, here I am, send me to reach
the unreachable. Help me to love the unlovable. Lead me to heal the hurting and
to set the captives free."
And then, instead of shopping all day, do you go
and do it? Instead of playing computer games, do you go to an AA meeting,
Al-Anon meeting, NA meeting, or anywhere else where you can meet hurting people?