“Christ arrives right on time to make this happen. He didn’t, and doesn’t, wait for us to get ready. He presented himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready. And even if we hadn’t been so weak, we wouldn’t have known what to do anyway. We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him.”
-Romans 5:6-8, MSG
Have you ever felt God was late? Maybe you had a timeline you envisioned was perfect, but the day came and went, and...nothing. The situation, the pain, the despair, the confusion just hung in the air.
How can God be for me if I’m still in this place, in this pain?
How can God be for me if my family is still in shambles, the bills are still unpaid, and this medical situation continues to deteriorate?
Where are you, God? Show me.
Have you ever asked God to show you where He is? So often, we are so hungry for the one solution we think will cure it all that we miss the little ways in which He attempts to get our attention. We miss His daily gifts of affection, the ones that give us hope and keep us going.
If we consider that Christ was right on time to make us right with God, could it also be true that He will continue to arrive at the right time in our current life situation? Though it may not feel like the right time, we can pull back from our current circumstance and look at the full picture of our life thus far. Might we see ways God has been for us all along?
It’s a legitimate question to ask Him—How have you been for me?
For you—He died on a cross and paid the price for your sin.
For you—He has blessed you greatly.
For you—He made a way for you to access a perfect Heavenly Father, despite your lack of perfection.
God is for you, not only in the big way of eternal salvation, but in your greatest and smallest problems, and in your greatest and smallest victories.
Ask God to show you how He has been for you during your life and thank Him for His provision.
Ask God to show you how He has been for Northpoint. Keep your eyes open for how He may show up—both in expected and unexpected ways.
Jesus, show me how You have always been for me and how you always will be. Open my eyes to what you are doing for Northpoint and how I can be a part of your plan. Amen.