Day 8: The Lord takes pleasure in His people.
I recently heard a message by Robert Morris where he explains how God’s greatest desire is you. This is proved by the fact that God sent His only son, Jesus, to die for you.
This view of God completely contradicts how we tend to see Him in our world today. Our viewpoint of God is that He is standing over us waiting for the moment when we screw up so that He can punish us with His wrath. Why would a good God who wants good things for His children be lurking over them ready to pounce at the very moment they mess up? Yes God disciplines, but He only disciplines those He loves. Just like an earthly father corrects his children in order to protect them from eminate danger if they keep traveling down the path they are on, your Heavenly Father corrects you in order to protect you and place you back on the path that leads to the purpose He has for your life. God does not discipline you to punish you, but He corrects you to protect you. In fact David writes in Psalms 18:
God’s way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to Him for protection. (Psalms 18:30 NLT)
David goes on to write at the end of the Psalms:
For the Lord delights in His people; He crowns the humble with victory. (Psalms 149:4 NLT)
The greatest example of this truth is displayed in the very first words God says about His son, Jesus, when He was on the earth. Listen to these words:
And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.” (Matthew 3:17 NLT)
And a voice from heaven said, “You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy.” (Mark 1:11 NLT)
This is what God says about you. You are His dearly loved son. You are His dearly loved daughter. And you bring Him great joy. Don’t allow anyone to tell you else wise. Don’t let the lies keep you from experiencing how much God loves you and is pleased with you. He delights in you. He takes pleasure in you. Walk in that truth today. Knowing that when God looks at you, He doesn’t see your faults and failures but He sees Jesus. And because of that, He is well pleased with you.