There are a number of keys hidden away in the Bible. It used to seem odd to me that the Lord would hide things in the Bible however, over the years, I’ve discovered a few of them and I think I have better understanding as to why they were hidden in the first place. When something is given to us, we tend to not take as good care of it as something we’ve had to work for. Now I realize that may be an overstatement because there are always things given to us in our lives that become treasures. But, as a general rule, I’ve found I take better care of those things I’ve worked and/or searched for.
When it comes to my faith, I feel I’ve had to scratch and work at every bit of truth I’ve learned along the way. I was one of those skeptics; “Lord, you prove to me that you’re real and I’ll follow you!” Yes, I was a hard case. But, true to His nature, He actually answered the hard cries of my heart and my skepticism melted away.
So this is it. God loves me. Not because I worked for it, but because He loves me and He gave the gift freely.
Let me explain. The Bible is full, literally overflowing with God’s feelings toward us:
-You may not know me, but I know everything about you. Psa. 139:1
-I am familiar with all your ways. Psa. 139:3
-Even the very hairs on your head are numbered. Matt. 10:29-31
-I chose you when I planned creation. Eph. 1:11-12
-You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book. Psa. 139:15-16
-And it is my desire to lavish my love on you. 1 John 3:1
-Every good gift comes from my Hand. James 1:17
-My plan for your future has always been filled with hope. Jer. 29:11
-My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore. Psa. 139.17-18
-I will never stop doing good to you. Jer. 32:40
-I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul. Jer. 32:41
-If you will seek me with all your heart, you will find me. Deut. 4:29.
-I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine. Eph. 3:20
-For I am your greatest encourager. 2 Thess. 2:16-17
-When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you. Psa. 34:18
-One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes. Rev. 21:3-4
-And I’ll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth. Rev. 21:3-4
-For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed. John 17:26
-Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled. 2 Cor. 5:18-19
-I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love. Rom. 8:31-32
-If you receive the gift of my son, Jesus, you receive me. 1 John 2:23
-My question is…will you be my child? John 1:12-13
-I am waiting for you.” Luke 15:11-32
Excerpts taken from “Father’s Love Letter” by Barry Adams
I could go on and on, quoting scripture after scripture of what God has to say about us. He didn’t say it just to me, but to you too! And while I was the hard case, I really didn’t work for this truth…it was there all along, just for the acceptance.
God loves you. Tomorrow marks the day that Love came down, from heaven to earth, to serve us and become the sacrificial Lamb so we all might live. I pray that this, the Christmas truth, will somehow touch you. Is there more to this story? Oh yes there is. But you must make the first move.
He’s waiting for you. Will you come?
Merry Christmas my friend.