Read John 3:16
So often when we encounter difficult times as we have this past year, it becomes difficult for us to see the way out, to see the good. We can quickly lose sight of all that we know about God and have experienced with Him throughout our lives. I often have to remind myself that sometimes all I need is the simplest reminder of what God has done for us.
Especially for those of us that have been followers for a long time, we can hear someone recite John 3:16 and think, “Well, that’s so elementary, of course I know that.” It’s often through just reading that scripture that many of us gain perspective needed to make it through difficult times.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
What a simple and amazing reminder for us that, no matter what is happening around us, the God of the entire universe cared enough about us that He made a way for us to have eternal life, to not be bound by this world. We aren’t bound by money, relationships, sickness, and sin.
That scripture also reminds me of a song that I often turn to when I need a little inspiration and reminder of the hope Christ brings. It’s a song of proclamation by Hillsong Church called This I Believe (the creed). It proclaims the truths we know about God, that He’s everlasting and the Creator of all. I like to sing along to the chorus that says, “I believe in God the Father, I believe in Christ the Son, I believe in the Holy Spirit, Our God is three in One. I believe in the resurrection, that we will rise again, for I believe in the name of Jesus.”
Whenever things seem dark and God seems distant, I encourage you to find this song and sing it as a song of hope and a reminder of what God has done for all of us. If you are like me, it will give you strength and courage in what seems like such a world of darkness.