The sky spits snow as I leave the house.
Five minutes later, I’m filling out new patient paperwork and then waiting for the doctor. When she comes in, I explain that I’ve had this cough and sinus stuff for 4 weeks. “It’s just not getting any better,” I tell her.
“Well you sure gave it a good college try,” she says and smiles.
Yes, I tell her, I did. “More than you know” is what I want to say but don’t.
I’m good at trying. For ever so long, that is what I did. I thought my efforts would somehow bridge the gap. Maybe I believed the American ideology that you can do whatever you want to…as long as you believe and try hard enough.
I approached God that way. Knowing there was a gap between me and Him, I determined to just “do better.” To try harder. To give it all I had and in the end, it was going to be enough. I could do this thang!
So I reared back and took a running start and dove headlong towards making myself good and right with God. I fell short. Time after time, same thing.
More and more bible reading and praying and spiritual disciplines and service and being moral, well it always fell short.
It took awhile before it finally sunk in: Your college try isn’t good enough. You need some help.
Just like my body needed some help in getting over the sinus infection, so my sin-sick soul needs help in being made right with God.
People cannot do any work that will make them right with God. So they must trust in Him, who makes even evil people right in His sight. Then God accepts their faith, and that makes them right with Him. ~Romans 4:5
But God has a way to make people right with Him without the law, and He has now shown us that way which the law and the prophets told us about. God makes people right with Himself through their faith in Jesus Christ. This is true for all who believe in Christ, because all people are the same: Everyone has sinned and fallen short of God’s glorious standard, and all need to be made right with God by His grace, which is a free gift.
So A person is made right with God through faith, not through obeying the law. Romans 3:21f
Friend, I’m not sure what you are struggling with today, but there is grace for that. There is grace for even the most evil of persons who will trust in His goodness. God has made a way…for however you are falling short. It is not through trying harder and giving it all you’ve got.
It is through believing that HE WILL DO IT.
There’s grace for that. Only believe!