Updated: May 27
Sometimes life is hard. This seems to be even more true given the big dent the COVID 19 pandemic has imprinted on our daily lives. For some, it is difficult to place God in the midst, as we sometimes struggle to feel our Father's love.
Maybe this is your story now. Beloved, you have never been more loved by God.
Today, I am sharing 9 scriptures that have helped me through moments when I feel far away from my Father's reach. If you are not love smitten by these 9 bible verses, then you have not taken them literally enough. God’s love is not a parable, it is as real as God is. So read and share with loved ones who need assurances in tough times like these.
Isaiah 49 vs 16a. I have engraved you on the palms of my hands. Thy walls are continually before me.
God cannot stop thinking about you.
Imagine approaching God’s throne in heaven. He waved his hands to bid you to come closer. From where you stand, even though blinded by his glory, you barely noticed the inscriptions on His hands. You don’t know what they are. But as your draw closer, you see your name engraved on God’s hands. Then you realize how much God cares about you. He thinks about you day and night. He would do nothing without thinking of you.
If you still don’t understand the implications of this scripture, coat the palms of your hands in ink in the morning and see how many times it comes to mind before sunset.
John 3 vs 16. For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
You mean a lot to God.
Death is the ultimate sacrifice, and God paid it for your love. Sometimes, diamonds buy our love. But God didn’t woo you over with diamonds. He extended His love towards you by giving the life of His begotten son.
Could God have gone cheap? The blood of goats? The blood of Sheep? Diamonds? Maybe, but somehow in His sight, you were worth the ultimate sacrifice. The wonder here is not that God stooped so low to save you, but that you are worth the life of God.
Songs of Solomon 2: 4. He has brought me to the banquet hall, and His banner over me is love.
God cheers you on at His banquet table.
You remember those prom nights. You have waited and hoped for his invitation all week. The invite came. You feel awesome as you walk hand in hand with him to the banquet table. He presents you before all, His banner over you is love. Christ presented you before His father, listing you as under His banner of love. It didn’t matter what you are or have been. Your shortcomings didn't matter.
You are worthy of sitting at the Father’s banquet. Today, Christ cheers you on still, and rallies you to His banner of love.
Romans 5:8. But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
God’s love is prodigal.
God loves everyone, even if they don’t love Him back. When we were sinners, Christ died for us. So what will He possibly hold back when we believe Him? We love Him because He first loved us.
The first thing I learned of love, don’t waste it. It takes two to tangle, they say. I had crushes, but they were never mutual. So I moved on. But God doesn’t move on. His love is reckless.
Deuteronomy 32:10. He found Him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; He led him about, He instructed him, he kept him as the apple of His eye.
You are the apple of God’s eyes, and no one touches you.
Isn’t that romantic? You are the apple of God’s eye. He sees you in His reflection. He treasures you like you treasure the apple of our own eyes. He guards you day and night. He hides you under the shadow of His wings. In His love, you will fear no foe.
His presence watches over you. His love surrounds you. His light unravels you. His strength protects you. Where you go, God is.
Romans 8: 37-39. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
He loved you and handed over His trophy to you.
A Warrior is very proud of his trophy. Imagine a man with Hulk Hogan’s built. He has finished wrestling his fiercest opponent. As his trophy (the emblem of his victory) is being handed over to him, he gives it to his lover who is of a lesser stature. Transferring to her the right of ownership. His lover is not the conqueror, but she is more than the conqueror.
God made an open show of darkness and handed you His trophy, the emblem of His victory. God made you more than the conqueror through His love.
Romans 8: 38. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
His love for you is unconditional, it is truly for better or for worse.
I am Sinful. I am unfaithful. I don’t measure up. I don’t deserve His love. I am mortal. I am incapable. While I am so many things opposing God’s love for me, none of those things can actually separate me from His love.
Even in death and beyond death, God still loves me. For my sake, He sought out the sting of death. So when earthly thrones and kingdoms fall, it can be said that God’s love for me still endures.
Songs of Solomon 7: 10. I belong to my beloved, and His desire is for me.
God is yours and you are God’s.
Since the day He bought you with His own life at Calvary, God hasn’t looked back. He said, be mine, and you replied, yes lord. You are a big part of God’s heart. God’s heart longs and beats for you. God’s heart burns with love for you.
Zephaniah 3:17. The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by His love; He will exult over you with loud singing.
God is not a heart-breaker.
At no point in your life will God desert you. His love is forever. Here on earth, and even when you see Him in heaven. When all is well, He will love you. When you are done, He will lift you up in His love. When your storm roars, His love will bring you calm.
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