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He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

November 4, 2017

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He Loves Me,  He Loves Me Not

People can be pretty wishy-washy  in thinking  about whether or not  God loves them.     If we’re having a bad-hair day,  we might very well  and likely think  God has left us  and does not love us  any more.     If we’ve been praying  for something  that really is very necessary,  but do not receive it,  we will be tempted  to feel unloved  by our Lord,  or unworthy  of His love.

So,  our problem is a lack  of trust  in our Lord.     For whatever reason,  we seem to think  we know  what is best for us,  and cannot fathom  God’s logic  or promised love.     Why shouldn’t God Almighty  grant our every wish — especially when it seems  to be (is) such a good thing?

When tempted  to feel unloved  by our Lord,  there are a number  of biblical accounts  we can consider,  where the faith  of a person  was severely tried.     Jesus gave one such account  in Luke 16:19-23.     (The rest of the account goes through verse 31.)

“Now there was a certain rich man,  and he habitually dressed  in purple  and fine linen,  gaily living  in splendor every day.      And a certain poor man  named Lazarus   was laid at his gate,   covered with sores,  and longing  to be fed  with the crumbs  which were falling   from the rich man’s table;  besides,  even the dogs were coming  and licking  his sores.

“Now it came about  that the poor man died  and he was carried away  by the angels  to Abraham’s bosom;  and the rich man also died  and was buried.     And in Hades  he lifted up his eyes,  being in torment,  and saw Abraham far away,  and Lazarus  in his bosom…….”

So far,  we have not suffered  the humiliation  and starvation unto death  that Lazarus suffered.      We know  that in all his suffering  Lazarus continued  to trust  and love God,  because as soon as he died,  he was taken up  to heaven.

It was by faith  in the love  and salvation  of our LORD  that Lazarus was taken up  to heaven.     Lazarus accepted the love  and wisdom  of God  in letting him suffer,  and even die,  as he did.     Our “wisdom”  and “love”  can never outmatch that  of God.

God is showing us  that we do not need  to understand  all His ways.     We just need  to trust them  and love our Lord  for the salvation  He has given us  in Christ Jesus.     That is why Jesus tells us  in Matthew 10:28-33,

“And do not fear those  who kill the body,  but are unable  to kill the soul;  but rather fear Him  who is able  to destroy  both soul  and body  in hell.

“Are not two sparrows  sold  for a cent?     And yet not one of them  will fall  to the ground  apart from your Father.     But the very hairs  of your head  are all numbered.     Therefore  do not fear;  you are  of more value  than many sparrows.

“Every one  therefore  who shall confess Me  before men,  I will also confess him  before My Father  who is in heaven.     But whoever  shall deny Me  before men,  I will also deny him  before My Father  who is  in heaven.”

So,  whatever kind of suffering  God is allowing us  to go through,  let us always remember  His wondrous love  in the sacrifice  of His Son,  and know for sure  that God does truly  and indeed  love us  in our every circumstance.

His love is  forever faithful.     Are we?

Let us always confess the truths  of God’s love  and salvation  in Jesus Christ alone — knowing  and trusting  that His love  for us  is eternal.     As we remember God’s love  and faithfulness  down through the ages,  we will say,  “Hallelujah!     The LORD truly is  our salvation.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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