I had another encounter with God this morning. I woke up in a fog like fear.
Upon waking, it descended upon me ever so lightly. I went to make coffee and an old song came into my head. As I sang it’s lyrics, my fear was replaced with joy. In chapter 3, verse 17, of the book of Zephaniah, we read about the Lord rejoicing over Zion with singing. I thanked God for singing this song over me this morning and then I sat down with my first of many cups of coffee. That’s when I felt in my spirit to turn on a local Christian radio station. A very specific station (I listen to 3 different stations throughout my day)… As I listened to the song playing I felt again in my spirit to not change the station or turn it off. Then as the next song began playing, I nearly spit out my coffee and begin crying. You see, the song that played was the exact song I was singing in my kitchen while making coffee, the exact song I thanked God for singing over me. I can’t even remember the last time I had heard that song on the radio…When these encounters happen, I am always humbled and in awe of God. Always thankful for him being with me and for showing me he’s right here. I’m not anyone special, at least in the eyes of the world. The President would never call me up and sing a song to encourage my fearful heart, but the God of the Universe will! And he’ll do it for you too…
God is real, Jesus is alive. We have hope and joy in the midst of troubled days because God is with us. Our hope is not in the things of this earth, but in Jesus and the Kingdom of God. My encounter with God also reminds me of those who may not know him yet. If that’s you, God loves you, he made a way for us to be reconciled to him, and he is patiently waiting for all to come to him. The Bible says he desires for no man to perish, but all to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:16-17
The love of God is real. It is his love that led to his sacrifice that brought us salvation. Because of our rebellion against God and our sinful choices, God sent his perfect Son to suffer the punishment we deserve. We couldn’t save ourselves, but Jesus being perfectly without sin could. And all that’s left to receive salvation is to believe, believe that Jesus is God’s son and accept his death on the cross as a sufficiant covering of our sin. There is freedom and love found in the arms of our God, and Jesus is our way to those arms. There is always grace and mercy waiting for us. When we become a child of God we have access to our heavenly father. The kind of access that allows him to sing over us when we’re afraid.
I didn’t always have encounters like this, but the more I seek God, and the more I trust and surrender my life to his will, the closer I get. And I’m telling you there’s nothing better!
Below you’ll find the song I heard this morning. The lyrics are very fitting for our lives right now as we’re following God into the unkown…God is good ♡