I love Zephaniah 3:17, "The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing." I think of this verse when I wake up with a song in my head. This morning I woke up with the phrase from a song, "I won't give up on us" and immediately I knew the Lord was singing that over me while I was sleeping.
My first reaction was, "Wow God" and almost immediately afterward, "But that sounds like our relationship is on the rocks or something. I'm close to You. I spend time with You and hear from You." My reaction exposed my heart of how quick I can be me-centered, works based and performance oriented. I felt the need to defend my relationship with God, not based on what He had done on the cross, but on what I do.
Not a couple hours later I showed up at church for the Experiencing God conference my church is putting on. I had forgotten my special name tag, given to me because I had been part of the organizing committee putting it on. And when I realized I forgot it I almost immediately started wrestling with if I should go home and get it for the motive of parading my importance. Again, not finding my importance in what Christ did, but in what I do and what others think about that. Yuck! I didn't get it and embraced the correction the Lord was bringing about in my heart.
What a gracious God that can put a mirror up for me to see my heart yet in such a gracious way. Truly His kindness leads to repentance.
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