Finding Peace Between Me & God
“(This is Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.) So the sisters sent word to Jesus, ‘Lord, the one you love is sick.'”
Jesus is God who came to earth as fully God and fully man, without sin. We get a glimpse into the character of God through the way Jesus spoke and acted. The story of Lazarus’ sickness and death is one that displays well the love and emotions of God. The way we feel toward God may be tainted by what we have been taught about him by well-meaning Christians. They may have only spoken of God’s wrath or love, giving us a limited view of the whole character of God.
Thank goodness for these scripture we can cling to when we feel unimportant or overlooked by God. Do you see the valuable language used to describe Lazarus? “The one you (the Lord) love is sick.” Those are powerful words to identify a person! Lazarus’ quality that made him important to Jesus was the love Jesus himself showed him. God loves us today just as he did Lazarus all those years ago!
1.) Re-read the scripture above. What does it mean to be loved by someone? Ask God to bring a memory to mind of a time you felt completely and wholly loved.
2.) When you think about God, would you use the same words to describe His love toward you? Why or why not? Do you feel you love God that way in return? Do you view God as a tyrant? As an angry father? As a close friend? As an unapproachable King? There are lies we believe about God that He wants to correct. Journal your thoughts.
3.) Practice describing yourself today as “The one the Lord loves.” When you feel overwhelmed, remind yourself that the Lord loves you. When you want to quit, pray to feel His love. When you feel lonely, let the promise of His love speak hope into your heart.