Wednesday, March 28, 2012

It Has Nothing to Do With Luck!


 "He said, 'You’re lucky I stayed.' My heart ached, feeling that his love was conditional, and that I would now have to prove myself in order to win his trust. What was it that I did so wrong to make him lose confidence in my love for him? I called to apologize. He had someone else field his calls. When I suggested my reason for calling might be serious, and he didn’t consider it to be so, he told me I trifled with his heart. How was that so? Apologizing, to me, is of utmost importance. Oh, how this tears me apart."

These are the words of a dear friend, caught in a relationship tearing through the fabric of her well-being. As I listened to her talk, unloading the heartache and trying to figure out how to fix herself for him, the promises of God resounded in my own heart:
  • “I will never leave you, nor forsake you.”(Joshua 1:5b)
  • “God loved the world so much that He gave His only son…” (John 3:16, paraphrased).
  • “I love you with an everlasting love…” (Jeremiah 31:3)
  • “Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends…” (John 15:13)
There isn't enough room, or time, to list them all.

Many of us need to hear these words over and over and over, often on a daily or moment by moment basis. The amazing thing about our God is that He never tires of telling us how much He loves us. He never questions our motives when we come to Him, heart in hand, desiring to apologize for misunderstanding His intentions or actions. He remembers that we are frail. Dust. A vapor.

He never tells us how lucky we are that He stays, or that He took the scourging and brutal death for us. He will never hold our mistakes over our soul, saying that we better straighten up, or else... Instead, He says, "Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28)

His mercies are new every morning. His love is never failing. He is patient, kind, and gentle, especially with our brokenness.

He created us with a needy heart. We need to know we are loved and accepted. We need to know someone cares. We need to feel beautiful (women) or like a hero (men). We need to feel needed. And He is just the one to fill these needs. He desires to. He waits, anticipates, and is enthusiastic about helping us heal from brokenness. He never makes us feel naked and ashamed.

No. That is the devil who seeks to steal our joy, kill our hopes (and bodies), and destroy us completely.
“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”    (1 Peter 5:8)
How true this is! Satan will, if he can, get us to beat ourselves down—defeated. But, thanks be to God that we have One stronger, One whose interest in our lives is to give life to the fullest degree possible. He is passionate for us. His plans are for our good, and not to harm us.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

 Do you believe this? You are beautiful. You are needed. You are loved. You are wanted. All the days for you were written before one of them began (Psalm 139). You have been on God's mind and in His plan since before time was framed by His design.

And so have I.  

8 comments:

  1. Karlene!Oh how I wish we could absorb and walk constantly in His amazing love! No strings, no condemnation, no recriminations- thank you for reminding us- His love is constant and He is for us!!!

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  2. So very, very beautiful, Karls. WOW. Thank you.

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  3. You're right, Cindy. That's the beauty of the steadfastness of our God's love. He doesn't spend time telling us how we failed to remember. He lovingly draws us back to His arms, and gently reminds us of His faithfulness.

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  4. So packed with truth, Karls. And something we need to hear so often. Thank you!!
    Hugs!

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  6. Thank you, Karlene. The enemy would have us believe that we're not worth much. But the King of Kings says differently! You portrayed this truth powerfully today!

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