Do you ever wonder whether God is disappointed with you?
To be free from the fear of disappointing God is deeply liberating….root deep.
The fears that have grown the longest strongest roots can be lifted out by the tools of his loving forgiveness and welcome.
Knowing oneself to be entirely known and yet loved in that very condition, how can this not change us?
We behold the beauty of this God of love and we find our hearts changed and changing.
Fears don’t grip so fiercely, joy visits more frequently….and we journey towards the likeness of our older brother Jesus who has lived out in full view just exactly what our Father in heaven is like, and we dare to believe him.
We may enter each of our days with the true possibility of joy and security.
Sure of the knowing love of him who not only loves the son who wanders and squanders, but also the son who stays and seethes.
‘The older brother stalked off in an angry sulk and refused to join in. His father came out and tried to talk to him, but he wouldn’t listen. The son said, ‘Look how many years I’ve stayed here serving you, never giving you one moment of grief, but have you ever thrown a party for me and my friends? Then this son of yours who has thrown away your money on whores shows up and you go all out with a feast!’
His father said, ‘Son, you don’t understand. You’re with me all the time, and everything that is mine is yours, but this is a wonderful time, and we had to celebrate. This brother of yours was dead, and he’s alive! He was lost, and he’s found!’
Whichever type of son we know ourselves to be, we can know we are known and loved.
How secure are we though? Will he change his feelings towards us?
We know our own hearts, they are complicated places, not pure and unmixed, far from it at times.
We might have been made welcome, but what of when we mess up? Are we still loved and welcome? Or are we looked on with disapproval and disappointment? A strange mix of both?
Funnily enough, unlike us, he hasn’t any illusions about our ability to be on the straight and narrow every step of the way. He gives us grace to start with…and to continue.
However else could we walk with him?
Not by our own efforts, they have already been shown to be inadequate.
Are we secure then?
‘God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity he restored. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him. After God made that decision of what his children should be like, he followed it up by calling people by name. After he called them by name, he set them on a solid basis with himself. And then, after getting them established, he stayed with them to the end, gloriously completing what he had begun.
So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would even dare to point a finger? The One who died for us, who was raised to life for us!..is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and God’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture.
They kill us in cold blood because they hate you.
We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one.
None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing..nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable…absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.’
Are we secure, or is he going to change towards us? Didn’t Jesus say ‘It is finished.’?