Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – March 23, 2017
By Tripp Prince
The Lord be exalted, who delights in the well-being of his servant. Psalm 35:27
The Lord delights in your well-being. This is a fundamental and foundational truth. It speaks to the very heart of who God has revealed himself to be in every page of Scripture. And yet, we so often lose sight of this and live with distorted and twisted visions of who God is and what he is like.
If we aren’t clear on who God is, we will greatly struggle to know who we are in Christ. Stated positively, when we know that God is for us and desires our good, we discover the beauty and freedom that comes from being loved as his sons and daughters.
The enemy often speaks lies over us, casting us into doubt, anxiety and darkness. “If God really knew who you were, he would never love you.” “The Lord won’t provide for you or care for you in your time of need.” “God’s anger towards you can never be quenched or satisfied.” These lies pervert the promises of God.
The Lord delights in your well-being. And the Lord not only delights in your well-being, but the Lord goes to unimaginable lengths to secure your well being. This is the heart of the Christian faith: God desires to restore humanity and creation to new life so deeply that he gives his own life that we might have life. John 3:16 is one of the most famous passages in all of scripture, but the verse that follows is just as significant! “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him” (John 3:17).
If you are ever tempted to doubt God’s goodness, to doubt his love for you and desire for your good, look afresh to the love shown in Jesus Christ. Jesus did not come to speak condemnation over you, nor did he come to simply point out your faults or shortcomings. He came to save you and give you his life. And therefore any time he asks you or me to repent, or turn away from a desire or sinful action, it isn’t because he is mad or lashing out at us. It is because he desires our good- thanks be to God!
PrayerFather, thank you that you love us and show us the depth of your love in the self-giving love of Jesus Christ. Amen.
ApplicationAre there lies about God’s character that you have believed and affect your ability to live freely as a beloved daughter or son?
Related ReadingPsalm 23:6; Psalm 31:19; Titus 3:4-5
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