Great Love – 1 John 3:1

“The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world…
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name,
he gave the right to become children of God, who were born,
not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”

John 1:9,12-13

“And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’”
Galatians 4:6

“See, what kind of love the Father has given to us,
that we should be called children of God; and so we are.”

1 John 3:1a

I am a child of God. Brought into relationship as a daughter, granted this amazing right not because of anything I’ve done, but solely through the sacrifice of Christ. A daughter, chosen and greatly loved. And that great love is surrounding me, always. In every step along the path. Guarding my way as I look to Him, as I wait for Him.

This is the truth I need to focus on this morning. To let seep deeply into my heart, not allowing resistance to rise against the rest found here. Because waiting is hard. Fears and anxieties enter in. But I am a child of the living God Whose power is unmatched. And His great love for each of His children characterizes every element of His timing.

Timing of revelations. Timing of growth. Timing of healing processes. Timing of circumstances and events. So much out of my control. But all of it well within His and carefully guided, guarded, by His hand in great love. Great love not just for me, but also for others effected. Because our stories intertwine and God knows how to fit all things together flawlessly.

My life is held within the sovereign grace of God. There is a balance of our free will and His sovereignty, and the nature of that balance is, I believe, one of the mysteries of God outside of our comprehension – but we can trust Him here, in the mysteries. I can trust Him in the balance. Because He has revealed His character, and that is where my trust and hope can rest on solid, immovable ground. The God who has declared Himself Abba, Father to me has revealed Himself in His Word as One who loves to give good gifts to His children (Matthew 7:11; James 1:17). He has revealed Himself as the God who is good, righteous, holy, just, merciful, powerful, and steadfast.

Acting for those who wait for Him (Isaiah 64:4).

Intently seeking to show strong support to those who trust Him (2 Chronicles 16:9).

Pursuing me with goodness and mercy all the days of my life, each day for those who are His (Psalm 23:6).

Sowing light and joy into my path (Psalm 97:11).

Using even others’ evil intentions or my own missteps or previous bad choices for good, for salvation, for His glory (Genesis 50:20; Romans 8:28).

With great love, God hears my cries – whatever they entail, however great or ordinary my concerns. Because I am His child. And I matter to Him. And in great love, He is already aware and working. With perfect wisdom and grace, seeing to every detail. Missing nothing and never leaving my side. Guarding each step of my way, our way, along this path He has lovingly orchestrated to draw us closer to Himself, heal and purify our brokenness, and reveal to us in more depth and greater clarity exactly who He is – who He has always shown Himself to be, who He will show Himself to be for us.

“Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”
Psalm 103:2-5

“Of old you laid the foundation of the earth,
and the heavens are the work of your hands.
They will perish, but you will remain;
they will all wear out like a garment.
You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away,
but you are the same, and your years have no end.”
Psalm 102:25-27

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