Hi there! Thanks for stopping by. My devotion, Remain, My Love, is about learning to abide in God’s Presence so that we can know Him and His love better. On my blog, I’ve been talking about gifts. Today I want to share the greatest gift God offers. His Unconditional Love. It’s a gift many have a hard time receiving. I believe there are two reasons for this:
1. Something happened in your past or you did something that you think disqualifies you from God’s love. This is not true. God created you and me and He loves us just the way we are—warts and all! And, God never turns away from those who seek forgiveness and mercy. His love never fails.
2. Like me, you’ve allowed some disappointment to cool your affections for God. Perhaps it was an unexpected illness, a problem or a sorrow that led you to believe that God didn’t care. If He did care, why would He have allowed such a hurtful thing to happen? I understand.
When my husband died, I asked God that same question. I struggled with His love. I felt overwhelmed, distressed, and afraid. Mostly, I wanted God to do something; to change my circumstances and fast! Have you ever felt that way?
The truth is God may not always remove us from our crisis, but He will support us in them. His support comes from His promised Presence.
I learned this one evening when the pain of loss got the best of me. I put my infant son to bed and began pacing the floor in agony. I missed my husband deeply. The enemy seems to play on my wound. Before I knew it, I was having suicidal thoughts. I was torn between living for my son and dying to be with my spouse. Yet, I knew I couldn’t leave that baby. I just grew angrier and angrier until I did what any woman would do in my situation.
In my mind’s eye, I burst through heaven’s door and shook my fists in the face God as I questioned, “Why! Why did you do this to me? Why did you give me that baby and take away his father? Oh, God! I need to know WHY!!”
How many times have you wanted to do the same?
I understand why you don’t. I mean, He’s God and could kill you in a second for speaking to Him like that! (or at least that’s what we think would be His reaction.)
For me it was just like a mother running to her crying child; God the Father ran to me, His child. I didn’t see Him with my eyes or touch Him with my hand, but His promised Presence consumed me in such a way that I couldn’t cry another tear.
I knew even in the pit of death, God was there. I knew, beyond a doubt, that He loved me. It was if His Presence whispered, “My love is perfect for you.”
That day, my understanding of God and His love took a huge leap forwarded. I knew that His love cold be trusted in the face of any circumstance. And I want you to know that whatever you’re going through today, God is faithful. You, too, can trust His love in the midst of your storm. If you do trust Him, He’ll provide the strength, hope, and love you need to get through it. I promise!
If you were touched by today’s post and want to read more about my story, pick of a copy of my book, An Untroubled Heart.
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Join Micca this month. She’ll be speaking:
October 8-10, at Hope Community Church; Raleigh, NC Contact Mary Meeks firstname.lastname@example.org
Oct 12, at Clearview Baptist Church; Franklin, TN Contact: Katherine Bond email@example.com
Oct 15-16, at the Women Of Purpose Conference in Chicago, IL; Contact: Rosie firstname.lastname@example.org
October 19, at First Baptist Church; Douglas, GA Contact Cheryl Skipper email@example.com
May the love of God fill your heart today and everyday!