Garland Of Grace – 06.26.18

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The Personal Touch of God

“Taking the blind man by the hand, He brought him out of the village; and after spitting on his eyes and laying His hands on him, He asked him, “Do you see anything?” And he looked up and said, “I see men, for I see them like trees, walking around.” Then again He laid His hands on his eyes; and he looked intently and was restored, and began to see everything clearly.” – Mark 8:23-25

Christianity more than just a religion; it is a personal relationship with God. While the religions of the world present their impersonal “god” or “gods” in a very stale, stoic, and sterile way, Christianity embraces the beautiful truth that God is personal, and those who surrender their life to Him enjoy the benefit of having a personal relationship with the Creator of the universe! Let that sink in; for it truly is an overwhelming thought!  However, this truth should not surprise us; for all throughout the Scriptures, we read where God has continually demonstrated how personable He is by touching people’s lives in a very personal way. Because of His touch, He knows His own by name (Isaiah 43:1) and His children have the joy of personally calling Him Abba, Father (Romans 8:15). They even are blessed with direct access to His throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16). With these examples in mind, let us probe further in the subject of God’s personal touch.

In the Old Testament, we see the personal touch of God as He breathed life into man (Genesis 2:7), confronted the sin of Adam (Genesis 3:8-19), walked with Enoch (Genesis 5:24), called Noah to build the ark (Genesis 6:8-14), halted Abraham from sacrificing Isaac (Genesis 22:11-12), wrestled with Jacob (Genesis 32:22-32), and showed His care for Joseph by providing His continual presence (Genesis 39:2, 21, 23). And that is just the book of Genesis! There are thousands of examples throughout the Old Testament where we see God deal with His people in a very personal way.

Within the New Testament, we see the personal touch of God as He sent His Son to this earth on mission to die for the sins of the world (Romans 5:8). This is further made evident through the life of Christ as He ministered to people in a very personal way. Take for instance, Jesus’ conversation with the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:7-26). He intentionally reached out to minister to her, despite the social and cultural barriers of that day. He demonstrated the same caring approach in His conversation with Zacchaeus the tax collector, an occupation frowned upon by society (Luke 19:1-10). We see this same level of compassion from our Lord as He fed the masses (Matthew 14:13-21), touched the man with the withered hand (Mark 3:1-6), as He ministered to the woman who touched the hem of His garment (Matthew 9:20-22), and as He touched the blind man mentioned in our passage above. All throughout the gospels, we see our Lord continually encountering people in need of His personal touch.

Yet, isn’t it wonderful to know that the personable God we read of within the Scriptures is the same God who personally touches lives today? Dear Christian friend, you can be rest assured that the Father’s fingerprints are all over you! He chose you before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4). He knew you before He formed you in your mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5) He had already penned your life story before you even took your first breath (Psalm 139:16). He knows the plans that He has for you (Jeremiah 29:11). He has etched His covenant of love upon the hearts of His children, signifying that we belong to Him (Jeremiah 31:33). He treasures you more than He does the birds of the air and the lilies of the field (Matthew 6:25-33). He even knows the exact amount of hairs on your head (Luke 12:7)!

And so our God is not distant, callous, obtuse, or even standoffish. To the contrary; He individually loves and treasures His people! He passionately pursues us (Ezekiel 34:11), showing sincere care for our well-being with our best interest in mind. Ponder these wonderful truths today, and celebrate the personal touch of God within your life!

 – Pastor Eric

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2 thoughts on “Garland Of Grace – 06.26.18

  1. Bro. Eric,

    Glad you could take a break. Missed your weekly posts. You write inspiration into my daily walk and quiet time with God. Don and were married 25 years May 30. You will never know the depths of love God gave us as we walked through some dark valleys together. If anything, my relationship with Jesus has become the mainstay in good and bad. Don’s spiritual gifts and my own complement each other, and God has blessed us. So grateful God gave Don to me and that He can use us to bring Him glory. Satan does not rest, but God through Jesus has already won… So humbled our paths crossed years ago. Your Sarah is a Pastor’s wife much like my sweet mother was for my dad. May you press on with conviction for God brought you and yours to Cullman for times such as this.

    With Christian love,

    Melinda and Don James

    • thank you for your kind words! Yes, I needed a break. I love writing, but sometimes the pen runs dry. Praying God would bless me in the coming months with fresh devotional thoughts. Thank you for sharing about you an Don! You both are precious people.

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