His Love — You Are Precious in God’s Sight

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Romans 8:35

LORD Jesus, we praise You for You are the very essence of Love. Forgive us, O God we pray, that we so often fail to love one another as we should. We are only able to look at the outside appearance and the cirumstances, but You know the very heart of the people and You can master all situations. Guide us in the way we should go, in the words we should say, and in the love we ought to have for each other. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

I think we can agree that 2020 has been a year like no other. What did it bring for you? I hope only good things. Or did you, like so many of us, go through a time of intense emotional and physical tension?

Having left behind 2020, let’s focus on what lies ahead of us. In 2021, let us commit ourselves to focus even more on Christ and His Love.

It does not matter if this year will bring additional, less, or no more lockdowns, or if the virus continues or ceases, or anything else is happening: Nothing shall separate us from the Love of Christ! Paul writes:

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,
nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:38-39

Do you believe that? It’s true. He loves us and we are special in His sight.

Listen to what F.B. Meyer comments on Exodus 28:15-30

Our names are engraven on the heart of Jesus, and ever presented before God. Neither life nor death can separate us from His love. Do not look at your shortcomings and failures, but at your standing in Christ Jesus. You cannot be forgotten by God. The dark waters may flow over your soul, the voice of the accuser may be hoarse in your ear, your heart and your flesh may fail, but you are precious in God’s sight, and sparkle in His light like a jasper or sapphire.

Isn’t that wonderful?

You are blessed indeed. Praise the LORD!

PS to my special girl: Thank you! Your text has been such an encouragement and the inspiration for this blog post.

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His People

Know that the LORD, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

Psalm 100:3

LORD Jesus, we praise You for You are the Creator of the heavens and the earth and everything in it. We have not made ourselves, but You have made us, and we are Your people. Forgive us, O God we pray, that we so often fail to humble ourselves in Your Sight and under Your mighty Hand. And how many times are we looking to the heavens, which declare Your glory, and, instead of standing in awe, we continue to walk in our own ways. Enable us to do what Your Word says that we should do so that others may see that we are Your People who are called by Your Name. Let the people fear the LORD who is God the Most High. In Jesus’ powerful name we pray. Amen.

Chronicles 7:14 has been a much quoted verse at the beginning of this worldwide pandemic. In my post Seek His Face I talked briefly about this verse and the one before that. Here is what I wrote about being “His People”

During these times, more than ever, we need to remember that God is the One who has made us; we are His people, and we are called by His name. What an amazing thought that is! This alone should make us humble and drive us to our knees.

“If My people…” — Are we His People?

We need to diligently seek Christ and find out what He wants us to do.

We need to be and stay in Christ and then we are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to God’s promise (Galatians 3:29).

We need to love Christ. If we love Him we will keep His commandments. God is not moved by words and empty promises. He wants us to trust in Him. He wants our whole hearts. He wants our obedience.

Love the LORD your God with all your heart.

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Who Is In Charge

Some trust in chariots,
and some in horses;
But we will remember the name of the LORD our God.

Psalm 20:7

LORD Jesus, we praise You for You are mighty to save. You are the everlasting God. You are everywhere and in every time of history. Forgive us, O God we pray, that we so often neglect to look to You in our troubles. Enable us to seek You early and to study Your Word diligently. Help us so that we not only hear but also do what we are told by You. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

In what or in whom do we trust? Who do we think is in charge? Where to or to whom do we turn when life is getting tough?

We so often forget that our God is in control and that nothing takes Him by surprise. Do we honestly think that the LORD — the One who has made the heavens and the earth and everything in it, the One who has left His throne to come down to earth to live among us and to die for us, the One who has risen from the dead and is alive today and forevermore — that He would not be able to take matters into His hands?

Do we believe that our God rules over nature, people, animals, and plants, but not over technology? Is that really a step taken too far — to trust that He is even the LORD over every single thing that men has ever invented and made?

My phone crashed last week. It would no longer receive incoming messages. I think it was no longer able to go online. Who knows? God does! Really? But if He knew, why would He not step in and make it work again?

Do we get upset whenever things do not go according to our plan? Or do we pause and ask God for help? Will we go in the way He leads us? Do we truly know and trust that He is God — above all powers, above all names, and above all situations?

Turn back to God and remember the One who is in charge.

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