Aug 20

Monday Cry Out – You Are Loved

Dreading the week? Have a lot on your plate? Tough work place? Was the weekend too short or are you already counting the hours to the weekend? Are there too many days for your paycheck to cover? Another week of temptations?

Many people feel this way on a Monday. Life is tough for many of us. We might have a rough and tough boss. We might be having problems at home. We might have children that refuse to listen and are falling away. We might face persecution from others. We might face financial problems. Monday is that looming day that says to them, “Hi, I’m Monday and I’m ready to make this your worst week ever.” [pullquote align=”left|center|right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”30%”]Monday is that looming day that says to them, “Hi, I’m Monday and I’m ready to make this your worst week ever.”[/pullquote]

The fact is this: life is not always easy. Life is not always what it is cracked up to be.

Many people will stumble through the week, or life even, always wondering if it will get any better. They might peak above the clouds at some times only to sink back down and live in a foggy haze. If their job is not ideal, they might catch a glimmer of light when they get a new one, only to be faced with completely new problems. Financial problems may right themselves, only to be replaced by larger financial pains. Children may come back, only to run away again and fall deeper into disaster.

But I urge you to remember that you are loved. You are! The God of everything, who created the heavens and the earth and all that is in it loves YOU! He knows how many hairs are on your head, which in my case, he is now counting backwards. He knows your hopes. He knows your fears. He knows your dreams. He knows your struggles. God knows Mondays.

Many of us, myself included, have heard people say, “After all I’ve done, how can God love me? Why in the world would He, a perfect being, want anything to do with me?” The simple answer is this: He loves you. Plain and simple. And the simplicity of it makes it even harder to believe. We always seem to think that because of our failings or because of the trouble in our life, that God has left us, that he has forgotten about us. But that simply isn’t the case.

Paul in Romans poses this question, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?” (Romans 8:35) It’s a good question, and one that many Christians struggle with, nay, pretty much everyone struggles with from time to time. Do these things separate us from Christ’s love? Well, I’ll let Paul answer this question for us. He went on to say that “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:37-39)

Wow. Paul beautifully describes God’s love for us. There is nothing, absolutley nothing that can separate us from God’s love. Remember that Christ died for you while you were still a sinner (Romans 5:8). In your worst, and lowest point, God loved you. In the midst of your most trying persecution, God loved you. In the face of what you may think to be the worst week in your life, God loves you. Ih the midst of devastation, He loves you. He always has. He always will. If you are a child of God, nothing can tear you away from God’s love.

I pray that you would remember that this week. If you are at a low point, remember that God loves you. If you’re at a high point, remember that God loves you. If you are reading this and you do not know Christ as your personal savior, I invite you to seek him out, to discover this love for yourself. I would be more than glad to talk to anyone about what having a personal relationship with Christ is like and what he has done and is continuing to do in my life.

I urge you and invite you to discover that….

You. Are. Loved.

Father, I pray that Christians facing difficult times today, this week, know that they are loved by you. Father, I ask that you would show your love to them this week. Help them to see it. Help them to feel it. Help them to know it. Help us as Christians to share your love with those around us. Help us to stop looking at ourselves, and begin to notice those that are hurting and are in desperate need of love. Make us an instrument of your love this week. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.