My name’s Jack! I’m in my final year of High School, I love Dogs and I love Jesus!
Have you ever been really into something, say a game, and you mess up. Like really bad. We just go back to our last checkpoint, right? We don’t have to restart everything, we don’t have to call it quits and walk away. We all mess up – everyone makes mistakes.
The thing is, sometimes in our walk with God, we mess up. Like, really bad. We start to drift from God. We begin to ask him, “Why weren’t you there for me?” “Why would you let that happen?” We forget about our checkpoints.
Sometimes we forget how real and how great our God is. Maybe you haven’t had a life changing experience with God, (trust me it is coming!) but we have all made that decision to follow God right? Remember how you felt when you first have your life to God? Or remember that time when something so great, so unexpected happened, and the only thing you could think was ‘that was totally God.’ Think of this time as a checkpoint in that game; somewhere you can go back to.
Sometimes we drift so far from God that we can’t hear him calling us back. Sometimes we forget that to our God, everything is possible. We forget that the big guy created the universe. We forget that our God can do anything. We forget that all we have to do is ask.
If you’re struggling, like I have so many times, don’t forget that time that God was there for you, don’t forget about your original conviction. Think of this as your checkpoint.
The thing is, God doesn’t drift away from us, he doesn’t distance himself so that he doesn’t have to be there for us. His hand is always there, but it’s us that stops reaching for it.
When you think that God has stopped moving in your life, think back to your checkpoints. Ask yourself ‘what’s changed?’ I promise you that God is still there, he hasn’t changed. Every time we look back at our checkpoints we see that it is us that has changed.
One of my favourite verses is in John 16. It says “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Jesus tells us, soon before he is taken from the world, that we can always find peace in him. Our Saviour took away all our troubles. How cool is that!
And another of my favourite verses is in 1 John 5:14-15. “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” When we live our lives in step with God, we receive all that we ask of him.
You should read all of 1 John 5 here! It’s really good!
So I encourage you, never give up on God because he will never give up on you. Talk to Him, set aside time to talk to God, and expect him to answer your prayers. If you’re struggling on your walk, go back to your last checkpoint. God’s hand will always be reaching out to you, you just have to take hold.