Jeremiah 31:3 (AMP) The Lord appeared to me (Israel) from ages past, saying, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you and continued My faithfulness to you.
You. What about you? I am convicted today by this passage today. I am deeply aware that while I believe that God loves you with everlasting love – He draws you with lovingkindness – and that He continually is faithful to you – that I do not always believe it for myself. I know me. I have walked through life in these shoes. I know my faults. I am well aware of my failures. I know just how much grace I need just to make it through a single day. I know my sin. I can tell you exactly how unworthy of His Love, Mercy and Grace that I am, not to mention His Goodness, Favor and Blessings on my life. I love to give yet struggle in receiving naturally and spiritually. Oh, how I didn’t want to write this today. I even tried to make it about someone else. Yet again, God loves you. He loves me. Properly extending His Love to others must be preceded by the acceptance of His Love for you. And me…
Psalm 139:1-6 (TLB) O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit or stand. When far away you know my every thought. You chart the path ahead of me and tell me where to stop and rest. Every moment you know where I am. You know what I am going to say before I even say it. You both precede and follow me and place your hand of blessing on my head. This is too glorious, too wonderful to believe!
This is too glorious, too wonderful to believe! I love Psalm 139. To recognize the intimacy of God’s Design and Desire to be with us. He orchestrated everything in order to have an introduction. He draws us to Him. He woos us. However, there is an element of uncertainty to a relationship with a God who cannot be seen and often works in the circumstances and conditions of life rather than changing them. I cannot fathom such a love without faith. Science tells me that my creation was an act of nature not the Plan of God. Fate tells me that time has passed and I have missed my purpose in life. Squandered time cannot be recaptured yet Psalm 139 keeps reminding me of something entirely different.
Psalm 139:13-16 (TLB) You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit them together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! It is amazing to think about. Your workmanship is marvelous—and how well I know it. You were there while I was being formed in utter seclusion! You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in your book!
When was the last time you thanked God for you! Thanking the Living God for fearfully making you wonderfully complex. God’s Workmanship is marvelous. In Ephesians – it again reminds us that He is creating a masterpiece in us individually so that each one compliments full the Body of Christ. God recorded every single day of your life from the beginning allowing Him to use all these details for our good and His Glory according to Romans 8:28. God loves you! He created you on purpose with a plan! A plan for your good, future and hope. (Jeremiah 29:11) You friend…yes, you!
Psalm 139:17-18 (TLB) How precious it is, Lord, to realize that you are thinking about me constantly! I can’t even count how many times a day your thoughts turn toward me. And when I waken in the morning, you are still thinking of me!
The enemy of your soul wants you to think God has forgotten you. In the long periods of waiting, serving, praying and believing when it seems selfish to pray for yourself, I must remind you that God is thinking about you. He is working behind the scenes. Your problems, pain, and questions do not need to go unanswered. However, the enemy is seeking to destroy your faith by planting seeds of doubt, shame, regret and insecurity in the brokenness of your heart. Don’t fall for His Tactics. You are a Child of God. If you are a mother or father reading this then you know how much you pray for your kids. You know that you only want the best for them and would go to the ends of the earth to reach them. Our love is imperfect. God’s Love is not. He loves you with the most intense and reckless love possible giving up His Own Son just to adopt you as His Own and welcome you back into the family. You! It is important in our striving of faith and chasing hope that we do not forget that God loves us. He cares about us. Our future is important to Him. We must learn to insert our names into the “you” verses of the Bible until we understand that it is not for everyone else but you, too!
Psalm 139:23-24 (TLB) Search me, O God, and know my heart; test my thoughts. Point out anything you find in me that makes you sad, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.
To fully acknowledge and accept God’s Love for you will change your life forever. When all the promises, blessings and benefits of salvation become your own suddenly our heart and mind become transformed and renewed. Refreshed faith gives us the stamina to keep reaching beyond the limits of our own self-image to the new creation that is promised in Jesus Christ. Renewed hope makes the Bible believable chasing away unbelief with the truth is God is love. God loves me. I cannot give away something I do not own. I cannot sell a product I do not believe in. I cannot recommend that which has not been experienced. The message of my life becomes the Gospel when the Love of God is evident in the life I lead. Who would believe that God is Good, Faithful, Loving and True if it is not demonstrated in the one who is preaching it? Your life is your testimony. Not the words you speak, but the life you live.
Search me God and know my heart. Test my thoughts. Remove every uncertainty and insecurity about your love for me. In the precious Name of Jesus, AMEN!
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 (TLB) May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting comfort and hope, which we don’t deserve, comfort your hearts with all comfort, and help you in every good thing you say and do.