“The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing. (18) I will gather them that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly, who are of thee, to whom the reproach of it was a burden.
(19) Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict thee: and I will save her that halteth, and gather her that was driven out; and I will get them praise and fame in every land where they have been put to shame. (20) At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you: for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the Lord.” Zephaniah 3:17-20
Hello everyone! Welcome back to “Sunday Inspiration!” I pray that your day is going well and most of all…I pray that God will truly touch you with something special, as I share what He has put upon my heart, for all of us today!
As I’ve been sitting here quietly in my office…listening to some music and meditating on God’s love and goodness, I began to think back to many moments in my own life, when I felt that the circumstances that I was facing at the time, had taken so much control over my life; that I began to feel unloved and tossed to the side. Isn’t it amazing how these difficult moments in our lives can make us feel so numb and distant, from a love that we need so much, while facing the storms of time?
As I’ve been thinking on the love of God today, I was thinking back to a moment, when I felt so alone and overwhelmed by a circumstance; that I found myself sitting on my bed…clinging to the bedpost; but this actually became the time, when I began to experience something that I had never experienced in my life. As I cried from the depth of my being…till there were no more tears to cry, I began to open my Bible and God began to show me in Psalm 34:18a; that He is closest to the one with a broken heart. As I sat there alone…I began to realize that I really wasn’t alone and even as I continued to look deeply into the words that God was allowing me to read at that moment; it felt as though He had sat down beside me and wrapped His loving arms around me.
Sometimes we can face moments, when we are just so overwhelmed by life’s problems; that all we experience are the side effects from the problem, such as deep heartache…anger…anxiety and even frustration; but I know a God, whose love can go deep and beyond these painful moments…to let us know that we aren’t alone. I think that sometimes, we just need to open ourselves up to God, rather than the problem and give Him a chance to shower His love upon us.
You know…being a Christian is more than a title; but rather, it’s a relationship and how are we ever going to experience the love that God longs to offer us, when we aren’t open to it and deeply connected with Him. I have come to see God as more than a god; but rather a good friend…One that will rejoice with me, during the good times and One who is more than able to read the pain that’s etched upon my heart, while holding me close and giving me hope and a reason to continue on, through the precious words He shares heart to heart with me.
One thing we must realize today; is that God isn’t this stiff…unfeeling god; but rather, He’s a God that will definitely bend down to our level…just to hear us…care for us and most of all love us. When we are willing to open ourselves up to Him and give Him a chance…I know without a doubt; that He will sit down beside us…hold our hand and sustain us, with a love that is so ongoing…a love that says… “It’s going to be alright, my child.”
My prayer today; is that we will truly discover a love that will never let us down…a love that longs to hold us close and keep us safe, until the storms of life pass us by.
Blessings on your Sunday…
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About the Author
Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain is the author of 16 books, which range from devotionals, to quotes and poetry...to the story on her life..."Baby Steps: A Journey with God through a Lifetime of Pain and Heartache."