Stars

 

When we think of God, we think of the creator of the universe. The beginning and the end. God is omnipresent and omniscient. God sits outside of time and can see all. And we rightly worship a God so great. He deserves our praise and our adoration. By all rights he should really take no notice of us as we are insignificant compared to his glory.

But, amazingly and thankfully that is not how God is. I was sitting around thinking this afternoon about why God would bother hearing my prayers or taking notice of my insignificant problems.

Then as God usually does he placed something in front of me that answered these doubts for me.

Stars by Skillet came on my play-list and listening to the lyrics made me realize that God knows me by name.

You spoke a word and life began
Told oceans where to start and where to end
You set in motion time and space
But still you come and you call to me by name.

Despite the power and the glory of God, he still calls me by name. When I remembered that, my worries didn’t seem so important, or at least I realized I wasn’t in this alone. God hadn’t forgotten me or didn’t think of my problems as insignificant. He remembers my name.

But now, this is what the Lord says — he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” – Isaiah 43:1

No matter how deep despair you may fall into, or how stressed you may feel from life, God never leaves our side.

The deepest depths, the darkest nights
Can’t separate, can’t keep me from your sight
I get so lost, forget my way
But still you love and you don’t forget my name

When we stray from God, stray from the path God has laid before us, he never leaves us. We may not feel God’s presence, but that is not because he isn’t there, he’s simply waiting for us:

Whenever I fall away
Whenever I start to break
So here I am, lifting up my heart
To the one who holds the stars.

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God’s Love Never Fails

Like many families, my family has had it’s disagreements over the years as we’ve all gotten older, gotten married and started our families. Some disagreements have been minor, but some have been major.   And neither side is really actively pursuing a reconciliation.

We as human beings often find ourselves content with our separation from loved ones, because it is easier than opening old wounds that have despite the time, not yet healed completely.  Despite our deep love for one another, we are content in the status quo.

God is not content

It’s a good thing God is not like that! God loves us unconditionally and even when we continually reject his overtures of love towards us, he continues to let us know “I’ll be here when you are  ready” and in fact He consistently reminds us “Hey, I’m here and I still love you.”

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever — Psalm 23:6

I’ve not seen my sister for almost a year now and some of my family has not seen her for many years. And neither side has taken active steps to reach out to the other for reconciliation. But look at what the psalmist says. “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me…” It follows me all the days of my life, I don’t have to seek it, I don’t have to go looking for it… I just need to turn around and there it will be. God will pursue us.

And I am sure that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on that day when Christ Jesus comes back again — Philippians 1:6

God has a plan for our lives and He will go to great lengths to complete the work He has begun. He’s not so willing to give up on us.

Now don’t get me wrong, our pursuit of God is important, but that is in response to Him first loving us.

We love because he first loved us. — 1 John 4:19

God’s love does not depend on our performance. Over and over again, God has said to us humans, “I love you”, we say “Not now, I’m not ready yet.” But God is relentless in his pursuit of us. He never quits;

O God, God of Israel, there is no God like you in the skies above or on the earth below who unswervingly keeps covenant with his servants and relentlessly loves them as they sincerely live in obedience to your way. – 1 Kings 8:23

Someday, I hope my family can become one loving family again. God wants the same. We are his creations, his children and he wants nothing more than for us to come back into a relationship with him. We keep denying him, but he never gives up and He keeps pursuing us.