Believe it or not, I get an uncanny pleasure by waking my children up for school each morning. I know that may sound crazy to some, but I enjoy rousing them from their sleepiness with kisses and singing. I know, funny right? Typically they don’t seem to mind, but occasionally I will get a moan or a groan as they fight to wake up from their sleep.
I think I secretly derive enjoyment from waking them up, because they all took turns waking me up in the night for so many years. But seriously, the reason I enjoy waking them up, is because it’s a new day, and I’m just so happy to see them. The funny thing is, I really get a sense that is exactly how our Heavenly Father feels about us too! He delights in us, and wants communion with us. He wants us to come to him and to share our thoughts and desires for the day.
But honestly, how many of us actually wake up feeling completely loved and lovely in the morning? Not me, I know it sometimes takes great work to get me to that place. Like my children, I sometimes wake up with a moan and a groan. Sometimes I’ll be in a fog or feel anxious or sad about something going on. The amazing thing is, spending time with Jesus in the morning has the power to change all of that.
God’s Word helps me to align my thoughts with His thoughts. God doesn’t necessarily change my circumstances, but he helps me change my attitude about them. God’s Word helps me to refocus my thoughts for the day and helps me to gain a clearer perspective so that I can handle whatever comes at me throughout the day.
A verse I was reading yesterday morning was found in Zephaniah 3:17 which reads: For the LORD your God is living among you. He is a mighty Savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs. Zephaniah 3:17
This verse is a wonderful reminder of God’s great love for us. I think some people have an incomplete picture of what God is really like. He doesn’t stand continually condemning us (that’s what Satan does) but God actually rejoices over us. We are his beloved. He paid a high price for a relationship with us. He wants us to rest in Him and his finished work on the cross.
When we are His, we can rejoice because we know God has saved us from our sins. Because of the hope we have In Him, we can rest in His love for us. The bible says that nothing can separate us from His love (Romans 8:39). That is a comforting promise to rest in. It doesn’t mean that we will no longer sin or struggle with hardships, but that God is with us in our struggles and is working in and through our lives, molding and transforming us as we daily submit ourselves to Him and walk in obedience to His Word.
When we are His children, God delights in us. He rejoices over us. It’s not because of anything we have done, but because of what Christ has done for us. He clothes us in His righteousness (Isaiah 61:10) and is long-suffering towards us (Romans 2:4), meaning that he is ever so patient with us in spiritual growth process which will continue till the day we die.
God doesn’t want us living defeated, but calls us to a victorious life because of the victory He has already won for us on Calvary. Victorious living, means is that we rest in him, by knowing who we are as his children and living in the new identity that comes from knowing Him as our Savior.
Often the enemy of our souls seeks to steal, kill and destroy, leaving us feeling defeated or trying to steal our worth, but knowing who we are in Christ Jesus makes all the difference. Instead of believing the lies of the enemy, let’s choose today to live in the truth of His Word. Know that Jesus is Rejoicing Over You. You are His beloved!
No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:39
I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. Isaiah 61:10