Friday, August 09, 2013

Everything God Does is Done for Love

Our Stella is so funny. She has the cutest mannerisms. I love watching her watch videos on her mother’s phone. She lays it down and then wiggles and turns and puts her face right up to the screen. She watches so intently. Her eyes are wide with excitement and she moves her face so to take it all in. You can tell she loves Peppa Pig especially and she doesn’t want to take her eyes off the cartoon characters.

We all have things we enjoy. Some of those things are especially wonderful. Like entertaining grandkids of course. Watching a volleyball game or a football game’s halftime show when someone you love is playing in the band. Watching the crowd to catch a glimpse of that special someone. Watching the clock waiting for a date (yes, I remember that far back).

The things we love are the things we keep a close watch on. The people we care the most about are under our watchful eye at all times. Those we love we care for. They are fed, clothed, kept clean and healthy. They are also given first place over our own cravings, desires and hopes.

Those things we cherish we keep clean and dusted and whatever else is needed. The best, most memorable items are on top shelves, behind beveled glass and in cabinets. No one leaves their jewels and loved ones out on the lawn in the dark. We never walk away from those we truly treasure, no matter what.

God loves us. He has kept His watchful eye on us throughout our entire lives. In fact, He watched over us before we were even formed into a baby. He cherishes us. He cares for us. He delights in us. We are on the top shelf. We don’t deserve it and we didn’t earn it, but there we are anyway. He keeps us cared for and never walks away. He won’t quit us, He won’t sell us, He won’t give us away and He won’t throw us away. We are cherished and loved.

You may be going through a time in your life where you aren’t sure if anyone really loves you. You’re talked over, walked over and pushed over. You’re ignored and reviled. You feel like you’ve been thrown out in the dark and someone locked the door in your face. Others may have quit you – even those you yourself cherished. Someone you thought really cared may have sold you out. You’ve tried to be a good person, be loveable, be kind and generous and yet it’s all been thrown back in your face. You’re about to walk away and lick your wounds and live as an outcast the rest of your life.

Oh beloved, run to the Book of Love this morning and read! You are valuable, you are valued, you are adored and precious. He says to you this morning, don’t believe the lie. Rather, look into My Word and read what I say and believe! And when you believe Me, when you live in the light of My Word, you will bloom where you’re planted, blossom more beautifully than the lilies of the field and rejoice, live and be blessed in My Love. You have nothing to worry about even when others walk away. I AM the one you can call on even if you’re all alone. I AM the one who gave you life and that more abundantly.

Everything God does for you He does for love. He will watch over you, guide you, protect you all the days of your life because He loves you and He’s for you and on that you can rely.

Psalm 16:8 I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. (NIV)

Psalm 109:31 For He stands beside the needy, ready to save them from those who condemn them.

Matthew 6:27-29 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don't work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.

Psalm 121:5-6 The LORD himself watches over you! The LORD stands beside you as your protective shade. The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon at night.

Jude 1:1 am writing to all who have been called by God the Father, who loves you and keeps you safe in the care of Jesus Christ.

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