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Looking forward and embracing life

A devotion about living the best life God created for you

Grief, anger and confusion have passed through us all in one way or another. Now that we are transitioning back to our “normal” there has been a lot of reflection happening – reflection of what was done, what we are still doing and what we could do better. It is funny to think that a year ago we would not have dreamed of living through a pandemic that caused so much change in our lives. 

This last year has caused me to reflect on when God created us. He loved us so much and wanted nothing more than to watch us thrive in his name. Isn’t that what every parent wants for their child? 

God takes on our burdens

In Isaiah 53:1-12 the description of Jesus’ reputation and physique was summarized as a “normal” man. He was not overly handsome. He was rejected by mankind (God’s children). He was despised by many, and yet he still stayed faithful to God. 

God loved us so much he allowed Jesus to take on our ultimate burdens. 

The chapter goes on to describe us as “straying sheep,” taking our own path away from God. However, we know we can always come back home to him. 

We can have peace in God

During the unknown of our world, we should have peace, knowing God has a bigger plan, because his son paid for our sins a long time ago. 

He did not create us to live in fear of tomorrow. 

I challenge you to live the best today possible. Live the happy life God has already created for you. This, in turn, will show others that God has created them to do the same. 

Lord, please bless and keep everyone reading your Word today. We thank you for all you have sacrificed so we may walk with you in our faith. The sacrifice of Jesus allows us to live the life you have set out for us. Lord, we pray for our world and the crisis occurring. Amen.

“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his own wounds were healed.” – Isaiah 53:5

Written by Gabriella Saldivar, community coordinator for the Buckner Family Hope Center in Midland, Texas.

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