Oh Lord, You have searched me and You know me…You perceive my thoughts from afar…For You created my inmost being…Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:1, 2b, 13a, 23-24. (NIV)
The Psalmist tells us that because God created us He knows our thoughts before we think them and our words before we speak them. Even though He knows everything about us, including all the ugly sinful things, He still loves us unconditionally. But He loves us too much to leave us as we are. God places us in challenging situations for His purposes. He wants us to trust Him and to draw closer to Him. His purpose is to change us to become more like His Son. God has used the time I take care of my grandchildren to reveal my self-centered, lack of compassion. Meeting the ongoing needs of small children forced me to pray daily for the fruit of the spirit (love, patience, kindness and self-control) that He knew would change my life.
We love our families and friends, and we enjoy close relationships with them, but no human connections can compare with the unique relationship we have with our heavenly Father. Throughout life, we learn that some people can be trusted—but others cannot. The special people in our lives show their love for us in limited ways, but God is the only One who is completely trustworthy and who will always love us no matter what.
I love you, Lord, and I praise Your name for loving me just as I am. I thank You for patiently disciplining me so I can become more like Jesus. Amen
© 2011 Diane E. Hussey