Listen to this devotional:
Psalm 139:17-18 – How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee. (KJV)
Recently, a grandson was here after school for a few hours. I told him, "You are awesome!" He grinned and said, "I know! Thanks!"
That got me to thinking about God, and how He thinks of us, especially in comparison to how most of us think of ourselves, being so aware of our shortcomings, inadequacies, disabilities, and sins. God knew when and where we would be born, what type of people we would be, what our experiences in adulthood would be, and what our choices would be throughout life — both good and bad. And yet, He has chosen to love us, because He made us for His own glory, as part of His awesome plan for us. So as far as God is concerned, we are awesome!
Ephesians 1:3-6 – Let us give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! For in our union with Christ he has blessed us by giving us every spiritual blessing in the heavenly world. Even before the world was made, God had already chosen us to be his through our union with Christ, so that we would be holy and without fault before him. Because of his love God had already decided that through Jesus Christ he would make us his children — this was his pleasure and purpose. Let us praise God for his glorious grace, for the free gift he gave us in his dear Son! (GNB)
How do we respond to the truth that the Lord Jesus thinks we are awesome? Do we shrug it off? Do we deny it? What do we do with it? Do we accept it? Do we bask in that knowledge? Do we say, "I know! Thank You!" It is none of our doings, of course. He has made us, He loves us, He accepts us, He makes us children of the King. It is His doing!
Prayer: Thank You, Lord Jesus. We stand in awe of Your truths. Yet at times, we don't believe them in our hearts. We so desperately want Your assurance that we are awesome in Your sight. We pray that You would speak clearly to us and make Your love and acceptance of us real in our lives. Amen.