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Precious in his sight...
Written By Dr. Lawrence Wilkes
"Since you are precious and honored in My sight, and because I love you...do not be afraid, for I am with you..." -Isaiah 43:4-5
I have a four-year-old grandchild, and when Gillian comes in the room, I cannot help but break out into a great big smile because I just love to see her. Her mere presence fills the room with life and joy. There's always something special about Gillian.
Recently, she climbed onto my lap, hugged me, and said, "Papa, I love you. You're so much fun!" Oh my, talk about melting your heart. I'd give her half the kingdom if I had one.
I experience a similar feeling between God and myself. I believe that, as we come before his throne of grace in prayer, he breaks into a big smile. He's happy to see us. He's pleased to see us. He doesn't see all of our inadequacies.
Gillian can be a little rascal sometimes. She can do all matter of annoying things because she's human. Nevertheless, when she comes into the room and see her sweet smile, I don't remember any annoyances. I just see her as a precious little being that I love.
God loves us far more than I love Gillian, and far more than any of us can ever comprehend. God loves us beyond our wildest dreams and imaginations. So, when we talk about prayer and coming before our loving, heavenly Father, why wouldn't we want to come into his presence? Why wouldn't we want to say, Heavenly Father, I love you"? The Lord delights in each one of us. And through prayer, we can show him just how much we delight in him.
Prayer: Dear Lord, knowing how much you love me soothes my soul and strengthens my heart. Your concern for me and forgiveness for the sometimes-annoying things I do, encourages me to share your love others. Amen.
Reflection: Whom do you love so much that even the annoying things they do don't matter?
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"Since you are precious and honored in My sight, and because I love you...do not be afraid, for I am with you..."