Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A Lifetime God - Martin Wiles

I will be your God throughout your lifetime—until your hair is white with age. Isaiah 46:4 NLT

For the last 14 years, I had driven pre-owned vehicles, but things were finally about to change. 

In 2002, I bought a new mini SUV. Shortly after purchasing it, my daughter left for college, and the SUV left with her. Life circumstances changed for me shortly before she left, and I couldn’t afford to purchase another new vehicle. For the next 14 years, my wife and I drove used vehicles. Fortunately, we had little trouble, but the hunger to have a new vehicle—that we didn’t have to worry about breaking down—lingered. 

Then suddenly, God put us in a different situation, one that would allow us to make a modest purchase. We looked for an economical crossover with a good safety record and a low price tag and found the car my wife had been dreaming about. The icing on the cake was the car’s warranty—ten years or 100,000 miles. And several more warranties that covered major parts hidden within that one broad spectrum. It was almost like having a lifetime warranty. 

Though the prophet Isaiah, God assured the nation of Israel that He would be their God throughout their lifetime if they so desired. I think they wanted it, though they often didn’t act as if they did. 

God has been a lifetime God for me. I attended church before I slurped my first breath of air and have been ever since. Even in my times of sinful rebellion, I still loved and worshiped God. 

As my lifetime God, He never left me. I walked away from Him for several years, but He remained ready to accept me back when I returned. Unconditional love He calls it. I discovered there is no force more powerful than God—including Satan. Jesus said no one could snatch me out of His hands. I can choose to walk away, but no force can remove me. 

Knowing God wants my company for a lifetime gives a sense of security—one of the basic life needs necessary to live fully and peacefully without emotional upsets. When I have the assurance that God is my lifetime God, I can live with confidence, serve Him with confidence, and die with confidence.

With Christ as our Savior, we have a lifetime warranty. He will never abandon us. 

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your love that lasts a lifetime and even into eternity.

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