Read His Words Before Ours!
Like air in your lungs.
Like breezes in your hair.
Like sand in your toes.
Like roses to your senses.
So is His faithful love to us.
“The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the expanse proclaims the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour out speech;
night after night they communicate knowledge.” (Psalm 19:1-2)
This love is for you in the dark.
For you when the waves are sweeping over you.
For you when the riptide pulls you under again and again.
For you when the enemy lurks, when the voices from your past haunt, when the Deceiver lies in your ear, when the world crumbles.
This love is for you.
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by your name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you[.]” (Isaiah 43:1-2)
Regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, culture, background, dark secrets, money in the bank, or country of origin. This love is for you.
This faithful love is sung over you. (Psalm 42:8)
This faithful love hems you on all sides. (Psalm 139:5)This faithful love prepares a feast for you in the presence of your enemies. (Psalm 23:5)
This faithful love fights for you when all you can do is surrender. (Ephesians 6:10)
This faithful love upholds you from everlasting to everlasting. (Deuteronomy 33:27)
This love is for you.
This faithful love endures forever. (Psalm 136)
It shows up with mercies freshly wrapped every morning and invites you to unpack them throughout your day. (Lamentations 3:22-23) This faithful love holds you as you sob, wipes your tears when you drop your head in defeat (Psalm 56:8), kisses your cheek to welcome you (1 Peter 5:14), shouts over you with victory cheers (Zephaniah 3:17), and makes even the darkness as light (Psalm 139:12). Not a hair falls from your head (Luke 12:7), not a sparrow falls to the ground (Matthew 10:29), not even a worm is without ordained purpose (Jonah 4:7) because of this faithful love.
This Faithful Love spoke creation into existence (Genesis 1:3), breathed into mankind (Genesis 2:7), delighted in marriage (Genesis 2:22-25), broke the bonds of slavery (Exodus 13:14), championed His people (Exodus 14:14), taught them to walk by holding their toddling hands (Hosea 11:3), watched with broken heart as they whored after other far-lesser loves (Judges 2:17). This Faithful Love put on human flesh (John 1:14), exited a girl’s birth canal (Luke 2:5-7), grew through puberty (Luke 2:52), loved the masses (Matthew 9:36), ached with compassion (Matthew 20:34), grieved under injustice (Luke 17:1-2), and got angry when others made it hard to come close to Him. (Matthew 21:12-13)
This Faithful Love sought out the rejects of society (Luke 7:44-50), partied with the unlovable (Luke 19:5-7), and then died for the rebellious (Romans 5:8) as mockers scorned Him (Matthew 27:30-31) and His best friends denied (Matthew 26:75), betrayed (Matthew 26:48), and abandoned Him (Matthew 26:56).
Faithful Love came back to life from a corpse
to break all of humanity out of their graves,
buried under the consequences of their sin,
if they accept the living Hand of Hope held out to them.
“Now if we died with Christ,
we believe that we will also live with Him,
because we know that Christ,
having been raised from the dead,
will not die again.
Death no longer rules over Him.”
Death to Life.
Chains to Freedom.
Performance to Grace.
Abandoned to Adopted.
This Faithful Love is for you.
“Who is the one who condemns?
Christ Jesus is the one who died, but even more, has been raised[!…]
Who can separate us from the love of Christ?
Can affliction or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? […]
in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers,
nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth,
nor any other created thing will be able to separate us
from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
(Romans 8:34-35, 37-39)
Faithful Love holds fast, for all eternity, all those who trust in Him.
“Lord, you are my portion
and my cup of blessing;
you hold my future.”
Faithful Love will never allow His Own to be shaken.
“I always let the Lord guide me.
Because He is at my right hand,
I will not be shaken.”
Faithful Love gives rest and security.
“Therefore, my heart is glad
and my whole being rejoices;
my body also rests securely.”
Faithful Love sets us free to run the pathways of abundant life.
“You reveal the path of life to me;
in Your presence is abundant joy;
at Your right hand are eternal pleasures.”
Faithful Love is the Lord God Almighty.
And He is For You!
Read the Bible.
Know your God.
Surrender to Faithful Love.
“What, then, are we to say about these things?
If God is for us, who is against us?
He did not even spare His own Son
but gave him up for us all.”
Embracing God’s fullness in our lives is rooted in scripture and memorizing His word is vital to our continued growth and depth with Jesus. Tap and hold from your mobile device to download this week’s verse and make it your phone’s lockscreen!