by Kristen Narara
Did I wake up on the wrong side of the bed?
Today was not my day. In fact, it was one of those days that I wish I could have skipped completely.
My brain failed me. I woke up to realize that I had forgotten to pay for parking last night, resulting in a pricey parking fine.
My skills failed me. I destroyed a whole pot of soup which I was supposed to feed to our Bible study group.
My body failed me. I had a killer headache that made it a hard task to properly parent an omnipresent one year old. And I had butter-fingers. I dropped an entire jar of freshly homemade cookies.
And my heart failed me. Was it the moment I dropped that whole jar of cookies or the fact that my pride robbed me of the joy of serving up the not-quite-perfect meal to my friends? Either way, I can safely say that I felt less than victorious in my battle with sin.
But as I sat and reflected on my day, the Lord reminded of one eternal truth. He never, ever fails me!
As The Jesus Storybook Bible puts it, God loves me with a “Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love.”
The Lord was not surprised that I had a bad day, nor was he surprised that I had a less than joyful attitude. Even before my day began he loved me and desired for me to be his child! And even after angry words were muttered, he forgave me and loved me still!
“O LORD, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you know it altogether.” Psalm 139:1-4
How great is our God who loves the unlovable and pursues his prodigal children!
How faithful is our God to keep his promises! How secure is our salvation in Christ, who intercedes for us even now, even when we’re weak and failing! How new are his mercies every morning!
“Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem! The Lord has taken away the judgments against you; he has cleared away your enemies. The King of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst; you shall never again fear evil. On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: “Fear not, O Zion; let not your hands grow weak. The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” Zephaniah 3:14-17
What a picture of love! The Lord has kept his promise in sending his only Son, the mighty one who saves by serving through the shedding of his blood on the cross. In Christ, the Lord has taken away the judgments against us. He has cleared away our enemies. We have no need to fear evil. Wow.
When I wake up tomorrow, even if it is another day like today, I want to remember God’s faithfulness. I want to remember his great love towards me in sending his Son to die for me.
I want to exult in him, singing: “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24).
- How Zephaniah Helps Us Feel the Glad Love of God, by Jonathan Parnell on the Desiring God blog
ABOUT THE WRITER
Kristen was born in Papua New Guinea and grew up in Australia (incidentally, with Samantha). Now Kristen lives in Dubai with her husband, Nigel (aka Captain Nigel), who is an airline pilot, and their gorgeous baby boy Kingston (aka Sprout). Kristen is well known for her outstanding baking skills and hospitality, and can turn any stranger into her friend for life.