Your Heavenly Father loves you just the way you are. You were created to need Him, so it doesn’t surprise Him that you have weaknesses or fears, or that you have made mistakes. He still wants you to come to Him for all you need. You can always approach Him, pray to Him, cry out to Him, share your deepest heart’s longings with Him. He cares about you.
You are acceptable to Him. You don’t have to be good enough, do enough good things, or have lived an exemplary life. In fact, He draws you to Him with His kindness. He is the one you need for life, strength, relationships, work, everything. And even when you have failed miserably, He is watching and hoping that you will come and tell Him all about it.
In Luke 15, Jesus told a story about a Prodigal Son who demanded his inheritance before his father had died. While it broke the father’s heart, he did as he asked. The son partied away the money on prostitutes and alcohol and ended up realizing his mistake from his back in the muddy hog pen. He wanted to go home, but didn’t know if his father would still love him or not. When the father saw the son returning, he literally ran to meet him and threw his arms around him. It didn’t matter how bad he smelled or what he had done. He had returned home and the father was glad. That is God’s Father heart for you, too.
“While he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and
I am no longer worthy of being called your son.’
“But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life.
He was lost, but now he is found.’
Your Heavenly Father’s eyes are so focused on you, it’s like you’re the only person He knows. He is focused on your life with an intense love and gentle care. Call out to Him for all you need believing He is there.
Loads of grace,
From the desk by the window with the warm dog in my chair and my thoughts centered on that available, faithful, everlasting love of God.
(c) Robin L. Lewis, Sozo Life & Leadership, LLC May 2015