If you ask me which is my favourite verse from the Bible, I would say its Zephaniah 3 verse 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.”’ Zephaniah 3:17
Every time I am overwhelmed in my life because of something or someone and my faith and hope seems to have vapourised from within me, I always go back to this verse and find comfort. Just the thought of knowing that my Heavenly FATHER is singing over me brings me tremendous joy and comfort.
GOD ALMIGHTY creator of Heaven, Earth and the Seas and everything that exists is our FATHER.
HE longs for each one of us more than we could ever imagine or think of. Some of you might wonder GOD never cares for you or HE has got so many others to take care of and you are not one of them, so on and so forth. But the truth is that GOD loves you and HE longs for you and your friendship. The entire book of Isaiah speaks about the longing that GOD our FATHER has for us and the love with which HE loves us.
The crux of the love of the FATHER is put in this one verse,
‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. ‘ John 3:16
GOD so loved the world beyond words could express, beyond one’s imagination or comprehension. It’s easy to deny the existence of GOD or GOD as a FATHER when we are surrounded by challenges and difficulties. We become blind and ignorant to the fact that our only help and comfort is found in HIM.
Our Heavenly FATHER has shown us HIS love by sending JESUS to die for us and saved us from death by giving us eternal life. That’s the greatest joy of a believer who has invited JESUS into their hearts and lives. But when confronted with troubles we often times forget who we are. I have come across people and I for one have done it in so many circumstances, where I felt GOD has forsaken and abandoned me and I felt I was not worthy enough for GOD to help me. One particular time when I sat in HIS PRESENCE HE so gently nudged me through HIS lovely HOLY SPIRIT saying “You are my daughter” , and that entirely changed my perspective. Just the thought that “I am my FATHER’s daughter”, “I am the KING of Kings” and “The LORD of Lords daughter”, completely changed me. No matter what happens, GOD never judges us by our mistakes, once we repent and turn to HIM, HE never brings up the past and never weighs HIS love based on our good deeds.
‘He does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve. For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west. The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.’ Psalms 103:10-13
HIS love is unconditional -Agape Love that will lift us up from the most darkest place and puts us in HIS embrace. HE is tender and compassionate.
Today my dear friend, realize that GOD loves you because HE is your FATHER and HE cares for you more than anyone on this planet earth. You don’t have to earn HIS love by being a good person. HE loves you just as you are. No matter how you feel right now, maybe you feel HE is far away or you feel you are in the deepest pit, GOD is right there holding YOUR hand and longing for you. HE is longing for you to come back to HIM.
You are HIS precious daughter and son.
Today live your life with this realisation that YOU ARE A CHILD OF THE KING!