The other morning before the sun came up I had finished getting ready and was stepping into the rest of the house for the first time. A fuzzy green security blanket was literally the first thing I saw. I almost stepped on it. It was a puddle of cuteness wrapped around my 3 year old. Before I could say anything he spoke up in a sleepy voice, “Mommy, did you remember me?’ I told him, “Of course I remember you.” Goodness, how could I forget him? I remember the first time he moved in my belly. I remember the way he giggles. I remember how he reacts to new people, to his sister, to me and to his dad. I know him very well. I am his mother. We have a very close relationship. While I do know about him, his birthday, his favorite toys, his tendency to hurl them at his sister and his affinity for wrestling with the dog; more than that, I know him.
Ephesians 1:4-5 tells us “he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love, he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will.”
God created the world and he desired to be in a relationship with humankind, but as a result of sin we made it impossible for our perfect Holy God to be in the type of relationship we need most. Through the sacrificial act of Christ on the cross, our sins have been forgiven. God wants to be in a relationship with US. He wants us to KNOW him rather than just know about him. It grieves me that some people may never understand this truth. When we accept Christ as our Savior we are starting a relationship with the creator of the world. Can I say that again? THE CREATOR OF THE WORLD WANTS TO BE IN A RELATIONSHIP WITH US. I never need to ask the question, “Do you remember me?” I have the assurance that he knows me well.
God I want people to know that you love them. I want them to know that your act on the cross isn’t something that they should only believe, but it is something that we should accept as a divine overture of love. Throughout scripture you have pursued humankind despite the sins we commit. You pursued Adam and Eve in the garden, even after they disobeyed. You pursued Moses after he murdered. David was man after your own heart, and even though he murdered and committed adultery, you loved him. With so much gratitude, I acknowledge that you want to be in a relationship with us. From the beginning of time you intended for your people to be in a relationship with you- to know you, not just about you.
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Because I know Him, I can awaken each day assured that His mercies are new and I have the privilege of freedom in a new day. I also am assured that no matter what my day looks like, He is there and cares about it all, including the smallest of details. I know I can ask Him to help me sort through the day with His guidance to know what to do when and at the end of the day, what matters is if we we did the day together. Did I run ahead of Him in my own strength or did I trust Him with all my heart? No matter the answer, I KNOW His mercies are new each day and He is faithful, even if my feelings try to tell me differently.
I love this Lisa! What a great thing to meditate on the end of the day. Did we run in our strength or the strength he offers freely to us because HE LOVES US. Thanks for sharing! -R.