Not to long ago, I was reading Psalm 144:3, Psalm 8:4, and Job 7:17. The first were two written by David and the last by Job. Job was longing for death. In Psalm 144, David was about to be king and in Psalm 8, David was thinking on the goodness of Jesus. All contain the same 5 words: “what is man that You”. All are asking God why He would take time to speak to man, acknowledge him, and/or give man the the time of day.
The question is one that many ask when we first come into Christ. But the simple fact is that we are His. What Father wouldn’t acknowledge His children, His creation? Some may say that many men have walked away from their children. That then becomes the difference between a father and a sperm donor. It also leaves way to the fact that we as a people have reduced God to god. As if He is one of us instead of the Creator of us.
HE isn’t like the males (or females for that matter) that would abandon their child(ren). He is always there. During the good, bad, and ugly. Psalm 8:4-5 reads “4 What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? 5 For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor”. Who would do all of that for someone he would abandon? That isn’t God’s way. Yes, you’ll go through trials and tribulation (or shall we say the storms of life). But, in the end, God is there. Don’t believe me?? Ask those that were on the boat. Ask Peter as he walked on water. Storms aren’t made to break us. They aren’t there to stop our forward progression. If we change the core of our thinking, storms can be seen as us being on the potters will. The winds coming from the spinning. The rain is the water used the dampen the clay as the Potter molds us into what we were always created to be. Some of us are bowls, others cups, and still others could be a vase or a water pitcher. But, all have a purpose.
What is man that God takes the time to spend on us? His beloved, one that is loved very deeply. Maybe He’s waiting on us to see that He is our beloved. To do so, we must first recognize that we love Him from the core of who we are. In today’s society, “love” is tossed about like some common phrase but essentially it’s not. The word denotes an intense feeling of deep affection. It’s not this casual puppy love of your teen years. It’s that resounding overwhelming can’t get enough of feeling that starts in the gut and overpowers the senses. One that is Beloved is one that knows not just that you love them but you love them as Christ loves the church. Yeah, that type of love. That’s the walk on water kind of love that trusts and believes in you no matter what.
Which begs the question? Is HE your beloved? Do you love Him enough to trust that you can walk on water? Do you love Him enough to believe that you are more than a conqueror? Do you love Him enough to do just what He says when He says? Being loved is one thing but being beloved is on a whole another level. Can you open yourself enough to love God on that level?
Be A Blessing and Not Just Blessed
- - Nakya