I was led to Christ when I was 14 years old. I am 42 now, but a lifetime of alcohol use and abuse separated me from God for more than 20 years. Looking back over that time I see that, even though I was not acknowledging God, he was watching over me.
He Waited Patiently for MeHe never left me, not for a moment. He waited patiently for me to come back to him. At 35, I did find my way back to God through a 12 step recovery program that addressed my alcoholism. By his grace and great mercy, he forgave me for the time I had spent apart from him. Jesus accepted me just as I am.
Since that time, I have been on a spiritual journey. One day a few years ago, I received a Bible passage in an email from a devotional that I subscribe to, and it said, "We are saved by God's grace through our faith in Jesus Christ." I now know that to be Ephesians 2:8, but at the time, I had never seen it before.
Tasting God's MercyThe verse stood out to me. I pondered it. I feel God sent it to me to bring me close to his Son. I had never gotten to know Christ and his love for me. I had never enjoyed the rest and peace that comes from living in his light. I had never before tasted his mercy.
Today, I find great joy getting to know Jesus better. The more I read the Bible, study, pray, and fellowship with other believers, the more I realize what he has done for me.
This was his sacrifice for me: Jesus, God's only Son, died for me so that I might have life and have it to the fullest.
Now, that is God's mercy!
Taste and see that the Lord is good.
Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him! (Psalm 34:8, NLT)