2nd August – Gonna make you an offer

I keep thinking that using pop records for titles on weekly thought has run its course, then God gives me another, so on we go!

The song ‘Gonna make you an offer you can’t refuse’ was a hit in 1991 for Jimmy Helms.  An offer we can’t refuse can sometimes seem suspicious and perhaps we would think that if it seems too good to be true … it probably is.   

But let’s focus on God’s amazing offer which does seem too good to be true!  This is an offer from a God who has, and will, prove Himself to be faithful, one who really cares for us. 

Accepting His offer is straightforward (no small print in the contract), all you have to do is believe in God, what He says, trust Him and have faith in Him.

So what does God offer? The bible provides many answers: we know that God loves us and forgives us for our wrong doings; the offer also includes entry into heaven; as well as peace, joy, rest, relationship and to be part of a family. This really is an offer you shouldn’t refuse.   It’s sad that many people choose not to accept His offer.

Over the last few challenging weeks, a special verse has kept me going: ‘Be still and know that I am God’ (Psalm 46).   At the time this verse seemed to come out of nowhere, maybe from either reading my bible or listening to the readings/sermon at a service. The words were obviously stored away for a time such as this, just when I needed them.

Sometimes we need help when we’re stressed and to know that God is in control, He will sort things out, He will give us peace.  Reading more of Psalm 46 is so reassuring: ‘God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.’ 

We know our path in life isn’t always smooth but somehow knowing that God is not only ever present, but helping to sort out troubles is restorative, He’ll always give us rest and even though God knows our situation, He wants us to bring it to Him in prayer. He wants to hear from us in person and to build a relationship with us.

For this amazing offer from God all we need to do is believe, trust and talk to Him. By doing this we become part of one of the largest faith families in the world, followers of Christ.   When Jesus was dying on the cross he extended the offer to one of the criminals, the man couldn’t even look at him, yet Jesus said ”Today you will be with me in paradise”.  The final part of the offer, He is ever present with us on earth and in heaven.

This truly is an offer you can refuse!

‘He’s gonna put his finger on you.

Cause you need Him so and he won’t take no for an answer.’