We have our hope set on the living God, who is the savior of all people, especially all of those who believe.

1 Timothy 4: 10

 

What does it mean to be alive? Is it that respiration is continuing, lungs moving and heart pumping blood? Sure, that is a part of it. What about having a brain that is functioning so that the patterns of electrical impulse are not too random; that too is useful in people. Although God does have control over these essential aspects of what we think of as life, these ways of defining what it means to be alive have little to do with the way that God is alive. God is the vital life force of the universe. He set it into motion, and He keeps it from spinning off into chaos and ruin. The Spirit of God is everywhere in Creation, He touches it all from the smallest particle to the largest planet, and He cares about every one of us people who populate this world with absolute love and grace.

 

We may tend to think that once we have come to know God personally that His saving work is finished in us, but He continues to be intimately involved with us. The Lord does this in order to bring each of us closer to Him and to lead us into love and righteousness. God wants us to love Him and to love each other in ways and with the depth of commitment that He brings to relating with us; thus, He continues to show us His heart, and He leads us away from the evil that tries to disrupt our lives.

 

As He is the central living force in the world, God is alive in my life. The Lord is dynamic so that He is capable, available, and involved in all situations and for all aspects of my life. Every drop of true vitality that flows through me, and all of the impulse and inspiration to love others well and to live righteously that drives my better actions come from God and are provided by His Spirit. Therefore, the best approach to living this day well is to start in close and focused interaction with God. Thus, His hope for the day can take over where, otherwise, my apprehensions would tend to be in control. Then the love that the Lord brings will replace the fears that my heart would more naturally set into motion. Christ, alive in me and vital in my world, is the only true hope for this day, and there is nothing more that I actually need.