Welcome His Love in the New Year
By Brenda Kuseski
Zephaniah 3:17 declares: “The Lord your God is with you…He will take great delight in you…he will rejoice over you with singing.” This week—looking forward to 2019--take some time to simply soak in the fact that God loves you—not your performance or your good deeds, or how well you’ve done with your Christmas plans—He just LOVES YOU. S.J. Hill writes—
“The blemishes, scars, and extra pounds may weigh on your heart, but they don’t weigh on His. God loves your freckles. He loves your funky-shaped toes. He loves you—just as you are. He loves your uniqueness. He loves the smile that only your face can radiate. He loves you when you’re awake, vibrant, and full of life. And He loves you when you’re down, struggling, and lethargic.
He even loves you when you’re sleeping. He gets excited when you wake up—even with morning breath and “sleep” tucked in the corners of your eyes. He can’t wait to hear your voice. He looks forward to your first thoughts. He loves accompanying you throughout the day. He enjoys being with you at work. He isn’t watching the clock or tapping His toe until five o’clock. Just being with you is enough. He loves talking with you, traveling with you, and being tender with you. He loves watching you enjoy His creation. He smiles when you look at the mountains, sea, or sky and think of Him.
The truth is, God really likes you. In fact, He enjoys you. You may not think you measure up to supermodel or Mr. GQ status, but He does. Thanks to the gracious act of His Son, He sees you perfectly redeemed.
He isn’t tolerating you. He isn’t putting up with you. He isn’t waiting for you to get older or more mature in your Christian walk before He can love or enjoy you. He loves you right where you are. “
(from Enjoying God)
This week—don’t try so hard; just soak in His love.
Bible reading—let His promises shout how much He loves you.
Meditate on Ephesians 1:3-8, Ephesians 3:16-21, and I John 4:7-13
Prayer—this week, don’t worry about requests; just love Him back.
Seek His face, and you’ll find that His hand is open to give you far more than you’ve ever thought to ask.
When you find yourself being refreshed by the fact of the love of the Father, Son, and Spirit,
your 2019 will be truly blessed by “Emmanuel”—God WITH us.