Love. Consolation. Hope. Grace. Comfort.
Yes, I’ll have a heaping helping of each. Right now. Especially now.
And this is just what our Father gives His children. His well never runs dry.
Paul penned words of this blessing to the believers being persecuted in Thessalonica.
“Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.” (2 Thess 2:16-17)
More than any other anyone, or anything- the love, consolation, hope, grace and comfort that comes from Jesus is the rock steady in our storms.
Funny, how we look for that from other humans who are as limited as we ourselves in being able to love us perfectly.
Funny, how we try to fill our lives with things and experiences that can only, ever, temporarily satisfy.
But as we draw near the Savior, as we praise Him in word and deed, we become increasingly aware of His abiding and satisfying presence.
Doubt it? I challenge you to try it today. Be intentional about praising Him with your words and actions today. I guarantee you will feel His nearness.
What’s more, as we flee sin that so easily entangles (Heb 12:1), we find peace that makes no earthly sense and guards our hearts and minds (Phil 4:7).
As we ask God to direct our steps to love others as He loves us, we notice He does more than we could ever ask or imagine (Eph 3:20) -and often, in us!
And sometimes, He gives us a glimpse of His powerful Kingdom advancing (Matt 11:12). It leaves me speechless and in awe to see His Hand.
Yes, as we daily seek Him, we will find Him (Jer 29:13). We will see Him in the lives of those around us as He sets the captives free (Isa 61:1), loves the unlovely (Luke 32-36), sets the lonely in families (Ps 68:6) , heals the sick (Matt 10:8), redeems the broken (Ps 34:18) and brings beauty from ashes (Isa 61:1-3).
Though our world often denies Him, those who have tasted and seen the Lord’s goodness know He is still in our midst and at work all around us and through us.
May He truly be our first love. May we daily seek Him with all our hearts. May He give us eyes to see Him, and ears to hear Him, and may our feet follow Him wherever He leads.
Oh what blessing there is for those who love the Lord. ❤️
What a Savior!!