Oh, Satan, you dirty little liar. I don’t doubt God’s love. I’ve seen too many undeserved blessings and powerful interventions and healing for that. Instead you taunt me into moments in which I doubt myself as far as my worth, my priorities, my abilities, my choices…
I am blessed to know I can redirect myself to the solid truth of the Scriptures:
Yahweh your God is among you, a warrior who saves. He will rejoice over you with gladness. He will bring you quietness with His love. He will delight in you with shouts of joy. Zephaniah 3:17
This is a gem, one of the millions of treasures we can find in God’s Word.
God is with us, He is with me. He is above all things, and He is so mighty. He is good, and He fights for us. He searches for us when we get lost; when I begin to slip, He is there with His hand out and ready to save. And when I grasp that strong, loving, beacon of hope He responds to me. He rejoices over me, over you, with gladness.
I pray you all know this feeling. I want you all to know what I’m talking about.
I spend my days with children. At home, the school I work at, and at church. I love it! I love them! Among the children, just like there is in groups of adults, there is some I minister to who just cannot be still. They cannot listen, they cannot wait, they cannot hold their tongues or keep their hands off of things that don’t belong to them. They are restless, they lack trust, they are anxious and disquieted. They feel like they have to know now. They don’t fully understand yet what it is that they NEED to know. Some have grown up in a Christian home and some have even given their hearts to God, but they haven’t learned to be still. This can be true at any age.
Maybe we haven’t accepted that: The Lord will fight for you; you need only be still. (Exodus 14:14)
Maybe we haven’t taken that first difficult step of saying: Guide me in Your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long. (Psalm 25:5)
God has promised us peace when we are still in Him. (Psalm 46) In the passage of Zephaniah 3:17, we are told God will bring us quietness in His love. This means we can be still and know He is God. He is our conquering King, our Savior, and He sustains us. He is compassionate and loving. He is the creator, provider, comforter, friend, and lover of our soul.
As we lay our trust is His omnipresence and might, as we lean into Him and grow in Him, we will know His quietness and love. And in us He will delight; even with shouts of joy.
Thank You, Lord! Your love knows no boundaries and can be hard for us to comprehend, but You are sweet life at its finest. You are around us at every moment, and you seek us right where we are at. You save us. You rejoice over us. You bring us quietness with Your love. Please help us to feel Your delight and celebrate with You in joy even during our most difficult moments. Thank You! I love You! Amen.