Slip and Slide
Written On: 11/4/2015
Devotional by: Bryce Malone (@609turtle)
You’re out somewhere in public and see someone you know that you’re sure may talk your ear off or that you’ve just never gotten along with so you do your best to slip your way out of the place without being seen. Or maybe you are in your house where every step makes the floorboards creek and you are trying not to wake anybody up. These may be terrible examples but the point is we all have moments where we do our best to get away quickly from a situation or avoid an encounter altogether.
Way too many of us try to find ways out of situations, out of encounters with other people in our lives. Maybe it’s because we are shy, unsure of what to say, lacking courage, or scared, but no matter what the reasoning is it can easily become repetitive and habitual. It gets to the point where you do it without even noticing until you recall what you did in the moment or maybe even not at all. The love or hate we experience from other human beings should not make or break us. The experience we have with a person or even a certain group of people shouldn’t change the way we interact with the next person we encounter. The love God has for us is unquestionable, unconditional and like no other love we will ever experience. His acceptance of us is reliable and never ending. HIS relationship with us is the relationship that not only matters most, but is the example of the kind of relationship we should aim to have with others: Non-judgmental, unconditional, without hidden agendas etc.
Thankfully, we don’t need to slide away from God, or find a way around Him when it’s time to talk with Him. No matter how undeserving you deem yourself He isn’t going to love you any less. The truth is, you’re right, you don’t deserve His mercy and grace, because none of us do! We are going to receive it anyway because that’s who He is, never because of who we are. We don’t have to be shy or unsure of what to say or scared around Him because He already knows the deepest thoughts of our hearts before we do ourselves. He knows the intentions of every word or action and the motive behind every thought. We are not 100% pure and holy in our hearts and minds and we never will be, but He understands that and tells us it’s ok. He loves us whether we try our best to act as representatives of His or if we have yet to enter into the relationship with Him that he desires (and that we all, deep down, do too). Others may judge you or treat you differently based on observing you and learning and assuming motives behind your actions but we always have a safe haven in our relationship with our God.
Being too careful in our interactions and relationships with others can ruin our social life, drive people further away, and bring forth missed opportunities to spread the love of Christ that resides inside you! The smallest gesture or word can turn someone’s day around and allow them to just for a moment feel the love of God that reflects off of you. Now, sometimes in certain relationships (or lack thereof) it’s necessary to slip and slide out of certain situations because you may know a conflict is guaranteed at that moment. Through the renewal of your mind and heart through prayer and God’s word you will have better discernment in these daily situations and more courage to enter into them with a strong attitude rather than attempting to escape them. You can also always be assured confidence in making the right decision in these situations once you allow the presence of God inside you to take over and guide you. It’s there, you just have to let that presence be in complete control. If you speak from that loving presence of the Holy Spirit inside you, then no matter the outcome of any situation, you can be confident you did what was righteous in the eyes of God.
Luckily, we don’t ever need to “slip and slide” into or around the presence of God. We can approach Him with confidence and infinite courage. We should have nothing to cover up when it comes to our relationship with Him, (sure because he already knows everything ahead of time) but because no matter what, He is going to love us and accept us for who we are. He is never-changing, His love is never-ending, His mercy and grace are without limits, and we can find comfort in that always.
Being open to learning about others and truly caring for them and their betterment will bring an increase to your confidence in approaching any situation and bring you an inner peace that is otherwise going to go unnoticed. Maybe there’s a girl you’ve been wanting to talk to, maybe there’s a person you see struggling daily that you want to fill with the love and joy God brings you, maybe there’s an old enemy you’ve been avoiding; whatever the situation you’ve been dodging is, it’s time to step into that limitless presence of God inside you and use it to conquer that moment.
“Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)