Lord, today I come to You empty – needing to be filled. Tomorrow I may come to You full – needing to be emptied.
how often I come empty handed into Your presence, offering nothing up to You – not even gratitude for Your good gifts, nor praise to You, which is Your due because of who You are . . . I should come full of both . . .
how often I come to You full, full of requests I want You to grant, full of my plans for myself that I want You to bless and cause to come to pass . . . I come to You so full I have no room for what You want to give me . . .
so I come to You in need of both, of both Your emptying and Your filling . . .
Right now, I am empty, I need to be filled with Your peace, Your comfort, Your wisdom, Your forgiveness, Your joy, Your compassion, Your love for others – that I might share all Your gifts generously with anyone and everyone You send my way . . .
my condition changes constantly, but You don’t change, Lord – there is no shadow of turning with You – I can count on You to receive me – in whatever condition I am when I come to You – I can come to You as I am . . .
Next time I come to You I may be full, full of self and sin – needing to be emptied out so that You can fill me with good things once again – so that I can be of use to You once again . . .
sometimes I come to You with a sick, sin-stained heart – needing Your healing, cleansing restoration of my heart
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10)
sometimes I come to You burdened by the weight of my sin – needing Your forgiveness
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
sometimes I come to You discouraged and weary – needing encouragement and renewal
“but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles;” (Isaiah 40:31)
sometimes I come to You full of grief and sadness – needing comfort and hope
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18)
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, . . . ” (2 Cor. 1:3-4)
Lord, I can come to You, just as I am – empty or full, bruised or broken and bleeding – no matter what my condition I can come to You as I am, in whatever way, I can come to You as I am . . .
sometimes it is with a limp that I make my way slowly towards You, at other times crawling, other times I am climbing upward towards You, climbing out of the pit life has put me in, other times I am stumbling, straining just to stand, or I am walking weary but resolute in pursuit of You, other times I run in a full sprint towards You, – but this I know – no matter how I come to You – in whatever condition – in whatever way – You will receive me!
You will receive me, You will take care of my needs, You will fill me up or You will empty me out – You will convict me and You will comfort me, You will forgive me and You will purify my heart – whatever it is that You know I need, that is what You will do . . . but You will always receive me . . .
“Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’ ” (Matthew 19:14)
Jesus received them, He receives me every time . . .
“All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and whoever comes to Me I will never drive away.” (John 6:37)
“Just as I am, without one plea . . . Just as I am, You will receive, will welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve, Because You promise I believe, O Lamb of God, I come! I come!” (hymn)
sincerely, Grace Day
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He accepted me when I was yet sinful and gave His life for me. I am still sinful and He still comes for me!