His Pride and Joy!
by juste buzas
“May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love, that you may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints [God’s devoted people, the experience of that love] what is the breadth and the length and height and depth [of it];” Ephesians 3:17,18
One afternoon, when I was snuggling with my daughter while watching a movie, God overwhelmed me with the power of His love. He showed me a picture of this love. Just as my arms enveloped my dear daughter, His arms were wrapped around us. My daughter and I were so thoroughly encased in the Father’s embrace that we were completely hidden. We were wholly and entirely sheltered in His adoration and love.
As I sat there on the couch with my daughter, I realized that my love for my children pales miserably against the reflection of God’s eternal love. This truth did not discourage me. Rather, it gave me hope. Life is the process of becoming like God. And, God is love. It is in His love, that this process of life is fulfilled. It is in God’s love that all things…righteousness, justice, peace, and reconciliation become reality.
True confidence comes when we learn to stand upon the strength of our Father’s regard.
Do you realize how much God loves you? He adores you. He delights in you. You are His pride and joy.
He loves us, and because He loves us, we have inexpressible strength and power. He is trustworthy, and because He is trustworthy, we can face any difficulty with unfettered faith and unwavering confidence.
Begin this day, and every day, with the knowledge that God delights in you. Have peace, and take pleasure in this truth. For the truth is, your Father takes pleasure in you! You truly are His pride and joy!