For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for His glory.” 2 Corinthians 1:20
Now all the glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Ephesians 3:20
Last Sunday, the father of a prodigal spoke to us from the stage at PC3. His son had been addicted to heroin for many years. The father was a pastor, which made his son’s struggle even more painful and public. Yet this pastor’s message was about prayer and redemption when life isn’t “picture-perfect.” The pastor prayed throughout those years, waiting with Jesus. The son turned back to God, gave up drugs, and now works for the church and is active in PC3’s addiction ministry, Refuge.
God wastes nothing. That is redemption, and I have seen the beauty of it.
When I was a kid, I would come home from school each day to find my mom in a stupor from drinking wine all day. I quickly learned that if I wanted a picture-perfect life, I would have to create the illusion of it myself. I cleaned our house as best I could, but I rarely invited friends over, lest they would see the real mess our lives were.
God wasted none of this. When I was 17, my mom reached out for help and has been sober ever since. For many years, she worked with other alcoholics in recovery. She prayed during my own prodigal years of partying and eating disorders and scoffing at the thought of God.
Her prayers paid off in the form of my husband who had a spiritual renewal early in our marriage. He started going to church. I didn’t sign up for church! Ah, but God signed me up, and at age 43 I finally got it: Jesus is who He says He is. He is the fulfillment of all God’s promises. He is my security today when life is careening all around me.
Jesus is all we need. I know that’s cliche. But at the heart of every cliche is truth. I cling to Jesus now, as I pray for my brother, who doesn’t know Christ. How will that situation be redeemed? I have no idea. In the meantime, I can pray. I can lay my brother at the foot of the cross and know God is on the case. I can live in the moment with the Lord, pressing into him. Then I’m in the best possible position to receive God’s help and to be God’s help.
As we wait with God the Father— not for Him — He infuses us with the truth of His saving grace. Like the prodigal son in Luke 15, we are always welcomed home.
- Where in your life have you seen bad situations redeemed?
- Is there something in your life that you’re waiting for God to fix?
- What would it look like to wait with God, rather than simply for Him?
Dear Father in Heaven, the perfect world You created is broken because of sin. But Your rescue plan has been set in motion! Jesus saved, still saves, and will save until the great day when He returns. Until then, let us run into Your arms daily, allowing You to contain our lives and fill it with Your grace. Bring others to Yourself through us, we pray! Amen.
PC3 writer Katy Davis wrote today’s devotional.