I thought I would continue on the ‘Doable journey of JOY’. We can have joy in God’s faithfulness and love.
Let’s read from Zephaniah 3:17 “The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His Love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”
I was reading an article the other day and the writer told of a story which I think is worth sharing and it explains the reason for the title above…
In The Hippopotamus Postman, Joseph Ozawa tells an unforgettable story (I had not heard of the writer nor the Hippo’ Postman, so it was a new to me and insightful). Joe dreams of appearing before God. He assumes the most appropriate thing would be to start apologising, so he says, “God, forgive me for not praying enough.” God replies, “Praying is important, but it’s not the most important thing.” Joseph thinks for a moment and says, “Well, I apologise for being selfish.” God says, “Being selfless is good, but it is not the most important thing.” Joseph mournfully mounts apology after apology. He apologises for not giving more to the poor, for not having enough faith. God keeps saying the same thing, “That’s important, but it’s not the most important thing.” It was getting pretty annoying.
Finally Joseph thinks of the ultimate apology. “I am sorry, God; I wasn’t very nice to my wife.” God, of course, likes men to be nice to their wives. But again He says, “That’s important, but it’s not the most important thing.”
God was frustrating Joe. He finally whines like a little spoiled child, “What do you want from me anyway?”
God replies, “When you appear before Me the final time, I will only have one question to ask of you: Did you learn to receive My love?”
Personally I thought it was an interesting dream that perhaps gives some spiritual insight! This is a question we should maybe ask of ourselves ‘have we learnt to receive God’s love?’
We see from the verse in Zephaniah how God rejoices over us with gladness and singing, how He wants to quiet our anxious, beating heart with His perfect love. God is absolutely, irrepressibly, in love with us His chosen ones.
We can be confident that God will never forsake us no matter where we’re from or what we’ve done and no matter how outlandish God’s promises seem to be, He always fulfils them. God’s love means He is faithful to do all He’s promised. The one true, pure and holy God spends His affection, desires, and attention on us.
We are not some afterthought or merely some humanitarian project to Him, He is completely involved in loving you and I. This is no detached God.
He has set His love upon us today and every day. He gives to us His precious promises that will guide us on our journey through life and take us forward.
Psalm 23:6 TPT says, “Why would I fear the future? For I’m being pursued only by Your goodness and unfailing love.”
So many times in my life I have felt the undercurrent of His love pulling me in, helping me to relax no matter how scary it feels. I don’t know about you but I want the kind of faith that moves mountains – unwavering and brave, but at times I am overwhelmed by the giants in the land! I pray we will have eyes to see from God’s perspective and release our anxieties and our giants, about what tomorrow holds, and surrender the future into His hands without constantly trying to understand it.
The revelation of ‘grace for today’ is enough. We can rest in His kindness and trust in His unfailing love towards us. Nothing is too difficult for our God.
No one rivals His love. Let Him wrap you in His arms, look you in your eyes and tell you how much He loves you. Receive His love.
Which brings me back to the original question: Have we learned to receive His love? Our answer determines our JOY!
Psalm 23:3 TPT
I will never lose sight of Your love for me. Your faithfulness has steadied my steps.
Thank you Father for Your love. In Your presence I have found my home. I am safe and secure as you rejoice over me with gladness and singing and quiet me with Your amazing love. Amen.
His love & mine,
Pastor Lydia x