Peace family, are you letting God love you today? Are you accepting God’s love for you? Or are you trying to do it all on your own?
Sometimes, it’s easy to fall into the trap of self-sufficiency. We get used to serving and blessing others, but we feel guilty or uncomfortable when others try to bless us. I truly struggle with that. Do you?
This last weekend, I traveled up to Arlington with my friend, Shannon, to watch baseball and stay with my aunt and uncle (Shannon and I watch one baseball series together every year, usually staying at Shannon’s apartment in Houston, but this time, our work schedules worked better with Rangers tickets). My aunt and uncle were super welcoming when I asked them if we could stay with them, but I worried a lot that we would be imposing. However, my aunt and uncle were extremely generous all weekend long. First of all, my teenage cousin gave up his bed for us. On Saturday night, they bought dinner for us at a very fancy Japanese restaurant, then in the morning, my uncle got up and made waffles for everyone while my teenage cousin served us all coffee. In the afternoon, my uncle made snacks and drinks for everyone as we watched old movies and played cards. My aunt also listened to some things that were on my heart, gave me good perspective, and even took us out for a pedicure, which felt so good that I started crying! I felt extremely challenged to just accept their love and gifts while doing nothing to earn them. They were such a demonstration of tender love to me, that I even have tears in my eyes as I type this.
God’s tender love is like that. Sometimes, it can be very hard to just lean into God’s love and believe it. We are so used to having to do something in order to be loved or cared for, but that is not how God works. Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Please, memorize that, Peace Family. We did nothing to earn it. God loved us, fought for us, died for us, and rose again from the dead for us. God made you because he wanted a son or daughter just like you. He wants us to trust and believe in His goodness and love, instead of feeling like we have to do it alone. We aren’t alone. He is with us.
Peace family, I challenge you to take some time today to think through how much God loves you, all that he has done for you, and all that he is doing right now. Give the longings of your heart to Him, and trust that He knows what’s best and his faithfulness is eternal, no matter what things might look like to us. He has not and will not abandon you. Rest in His love, read his word, and be filled today.