I just had to post this today. I now know God in this way, and I’m so happy to know that He is happy over me! Take this into your spirit. Keep it in the forefront of your mind. Your Father rejoices over you!
The LORD your God is with you,
he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
he will quiet you with his love,
he will rejoice over you with singing.”
David Wilkerson Today
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2010
A LIFE OF COMMUNION
Multitudes of God’s offspring know little or nothing of a life of communion
with him. Why is this so?
I believe such Christians have a sad, twisted concept of the heavenly Father. I
recall Jesus’ parable about the servant who hid his talent because he had a
twisted image of his master. That servant said, “I knew thee that thou art an
hard man” (Matthew 25:24).
Likewise, many believers today think, “There’s no way God could ever be
glad over me, rejoicing and singing in love. I’ve failed him so miserably at
times, bringing reproach on his name. How could he possibly love me, especially
in the struggle I’m facing now?”
I believe this is one powerful reason why so many Christians don’t want to
get close to their heavenly Father. They dread drawing near to him because they
sense they’ve failed him somehow. All they can conceive of him is that he’s
full of consuming fire, ready to judge and condemn them.
The question for all of us today is, how can we not want to be near a Father
who writes love letters to us, who tells us he yearns to be with us, who’s
always ready to embrace us, who says he has nothing but good thoughts about us?
In spite of our foolishness, he assures us, “Satan may tell you you’re
useless, but I say you are my joy!”
You may be thinking, “Surely the Lord doesn’t rejoice over someone who’s
still in sin. I can’t expect him to love me if I continue my sinning ways.
That sort of thinking borders on blasphemy.”
Yes, God does love his people but he doesn’t love their sin. The Bible says
he reproves every child who continues in iniquity, but he always does it with
longsuffering. And after he reproves us, his Spirit fills us with a sense of
his indignation over sin.
Through all of this, God’s love for us remains unchanged. The Word says, “I
am the Lord, I change not” (Malachi 3:6). “The Father…with whom is no
variableness, neither shadow of turning” (James 1:17). “I am God, and not
man” (Hosea 11:9).
God forbid that his love for us should ebb and flow as ours does for him. Our
love varies almost daily, going from hot and zealous to lukewarm or even cold.
Like the disciples, we can be ready to die for Jesus one day and then forsake
him and run the next.
I must ask you if are you able to say, “My heavenly Father is in love with
me! He says I’m sweet and lovely in his eyes and I believe him. I know no
matter what I go through, or how tempted or tried I become, he’ll rescue me.
He’ll hover over me through it all, never allowing me to be crushed. He’ll
always be kind and tender to me!”
This is when true communion begins. We’re to be convinced each day of God’s
unchanging love for us. And we’re to show him we believe his revelation about
himself. John writes, “We have known and believed the love that God hath to
us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in
him” (1 John 4:16).
Read this devotion online: http://www.worldchallenge.org/en/devotions/2010/a-life-of-communion
[…] This is the follow-up to the devotion that David Wilkerson wrote yesterday and I posted earlier here. […]