My devotion this week comes from Our Daily Bread. Some of you may use this resource and have read it but it struck me and I thought there would be others who might appreciate it.
The writer shares a story of looking through a hospital nursery window and seeing a newborn for the first time. In ignorance they were dismayed to see a tiny wrinkly child with a hairless, cone-shaped head. The baby’s mother was standing by and couldn’t stop asking everyone, “Isn’t he gorgeous?” The writer was reminded of that moment they saw a video of a young dad tenderly singing the song, “You are so Beautiful” to his baby girl. To her dad the little girl was the most beautiful thing ever created. Those of us that are parents, I’m sure went through those same feelings on seeing our children for the first time.
Is that how God looks at us? Ephesians 2:10 says that we’re His “Handiwork”–His masterpiece. Aware of our own failings, it may be hard for us to accept how much He loves us or to believe that we could ever be of value to Him. But God doesn’t love us because we deserve love (verses 3&4); He loves us because He is love (1John 4:8). His love is one of grace, and He showed the depth of it when, through Jesus’ sacrifice, He made us alive in Him when we were dead in our sins (Ephesians 2:5, 8).
God’s love isn’t fickle, It’s constant. He loves the imperfect, the broken, those who are weak and those who mess up. When we fall, He’s there to lift us up. We’re His treasure, and we’re so beautiful to Him. Having given my life to our Lord Jesus when I was 17 at a Youth for Christ rally and now looking back, I see so many times God took care of me, my wife and my family. There were those times when finances were tight and jobs were lost but in every case God stepped in or planned ahead to provide. We are faulty human beings but when we accept Him as our personal Savior we have an anchor and a helpmate to see us through the good and the bad. Praise His Holy Name. I’m sure Barb’s parents and mine also looked at us as little ones and felt the same pleasure the folks at the beginning of our story felt. However, our quality of life is dependent on God and not on ourselves. From birth to death we need God in our lives to make it through. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
Where: 321 Brae Rd, Duncan
When: Sunday Dec 4, 2022
10:00 am Breaking of Bread
11:00 am Family Bible Hour
Speaker: Chet McArthur
Getting close to the end.
- We have 5 of 6 major appliances delivered and paid for.
- Flooring is all done. Window coverings are due this week.
- Electrical and plumbing in the kitchen now finished except for hooking up dishwashers and sinks which can’t be done until countertops are installed.
- Countertops are not expected for a couple of weeks.
- Flooring all complete. painting mostly complete except for touch up.
See you all on SundayJACK PEAKE