I can look back now and think about the times of not having much when I was younger. I grew up wearing hand-me-downs from my brother and always wanted more. One time, I gathered up the nerves up to ask my Mother, why she never gave me what I wanted. Moms quietly replied, “It’s my job to give you what you need, not what you want. And to teach you right from wrong.” She went on to say, “In life Vernon, nobody is going to give you anything”. I would have never thought that having nothing would teach me to appreciate what I do have and would be a motivating factor to get my life in order. Having nothing was a blessing and a gift from God.
NOTHING less Than the Best
Everything God created was good. He created the world from nothing. The Earth was empty, formless, and dark. Nothing came to light until God said, “Let there be light”. Just like God created Heaven and Earth from nothing and saw that it was good, He also created man out of dust and saw it was good. God created man in his own image, nothing more, and nothing less. Even though people have a sinful nature because of the Fall, nothing can keep us from God’s love. Nothing.
It Was NOTHING That Lead me to GOD
When my values changed, my life changed too. The first time I took a drink, my life started to change even though I didn’t know it. Black outs were normal. I woke up drinking and went to bed drinking. I thought I was just having fun. Getting married didn’t change a thing. I continued to drink and even went to harder drugs. You name it, I tried it. My ex-wife finally said enough is enough, and put me out. I hit rock bottom fast. I lost my marriage, home, job, and self-worth. I had nothing. But having nothing lead me to desperation, which then lead me to my knees. I remember saying three words, “GOD help me!” Now I get high on life and God’s love, nothing could satisfy me more.
NOTHING but the Blood of Jesus
Change is a lifelong process. We are saved by the blood of Jesus, not by what we do. So this Thanksgiving, let’s be thankful for our trials and the tests that God have given us to help us mature spiritually. I pray that God gives you complete understanding that Thanksgiving is more about giving than receiving. Understand that Jesus gave his life, so that we can receive salvation. If you haven’t received God into your hearts, I pray that you soon will, because nothing else can save you. Nothing, but the blood of Jesus.