When God Lets You Down

“The deep fear behind every loss is that we have been abandoned by the God who should have saved us. The transforming moment in Christian conversion comes when we realize that even God has left us. We then discover it was not God, but our image of God that abandoned us…. Only then is change possible.” –Craig Barnes

Christian conversion–isn’t that what happens when we ask God to save us? Oh yes, but so much more–we need to continue to be converted, to be transformed, to have not only our “souls” saved, but our minds. We come to Him with such a pathetic limited understanding of who God is, sometimes even a wrong one, but He in His mercy takes us where we are, and at the same time is never content to leave us there.

Life happens. Sometimes in the most unexpected ways. It seems like only in the storms of life can we learn the truth–that NOTHING, not life, not death, not angels or demons, neither our fears for today or our worries about tomorrow–not even the powers of hell can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. That’s good enough for me.

  • http://www.angiewashington.com Angie Washington

    That quote rattles me every time I read it. And this bit that you wrote is so good: “He in His mercy takes us where we are, and at the same time is never content to leave us there.” Amen.

  • http://www.brianzahnd.com/ Mr. Jinks

    “My Jesus” can often be little more than a deified personification of my own ideas, opinions and desires. To know God in Christ, as he actually is, is no easy process. It is a lifetime endeavor. It’s certainly possible, but not quick and easy. And if you think it is easy to honestly know God in Christ, it just shows that you have hardly begun.

  • Tammy Egerton

    I am so glad I belong to a church where we can grow deeper and deeper in love with who and what God is. I just want to thank you both for showing me more and more each and everytime I attend Word of Life. I pray for you both. I am learning that there is so much more to this life and what Christ has to offer (also what he has already offered). Thanks again for all you do.