God’s goodness and impeccable timing is consuming my mind right now.
They were born out of my time with Sarah Young in Jesus Calling, and the Scriptures she shared when she wrote the June 14 entry. Here is the entry and the verses.
I HAVE LOVED YOU with an everlasting LOVE. Before time began, I knew you. For years you swam around in a sea of meaninglessness, searching for Love, hoping for hope. All the time I was pursuing you, aching to embrace you in My compassionate arms.
When time was right, I revealed Myself to you. I lifted you out of that sea of despair and set you down on a firm foundation. Sometimes you felt naked – exposed to the revealing Light of My Presence. I wrapped an ermine robe around you: My robe of righteousness. I sang you a Love song, whose beginning and end are veiled in eternity. I infused meaning into your mind and harmony into your heart. Join Me in singing My song. Together we will draw others out of darkness into My marvelous Light.
The LORD appeared to us in the past,
“I have loved you with an everlasting
I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.
I delight greatly in the LORD;
my soul rejoices in my God.
For he has clothed me with garments
and arrayed me in a robe of his
as a bridegroom adorns his head like a
and as a bride adorns herself with
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
1 Peter 2.9
How appropriate that we are approaching Father’s Day. There are those who did not know their fathers, and still others who hate their fathers and are estranged from them, but there is indeed a good, good Father who Chris Tomlin so aptly sings about, and I’m glad he does because as a father myself I have experienced even more deeply what that means, what it should look like and the love I feel in being a parent to an amazing daughter. We look to the Creator Who created both man and women for the perfection we long for as we strive to be conduits of Creator, Jesus and Spirit. It takes both genders to tell the story of Love, but it’s obvious that the Bible is clear in its identification that God is Father. I don’t know why He’s never called Mother, but my theology recognizes the significance of His divine attributes as they are revealed in creation. Man and woman failed on an epic level in the Garden of Eden, and we both must take responsibility for the sin we are guilty of. No gender is superior, and once again I remind you that Eve was created from Adam’s rib, not his head or foot. We are equal glorifiers when it comes to lifting up His name in the presence of believers and non-believers. In my denomination I’ve heard a plethora of sermons about women submitting to their husbands, but I also know that husbands are to love their wives as Christ loves the church. If that’s not perfect, lay down my life kind of love then I don’t know what love is.
I am a broken and sinful man, and that is no surprise to you dear reader because I am candid about my struggle with clinical depression here. This blog is titled Beyond Sad because since the third grade I’ve battled depression.
I have a Father, however, Who is able to take it away, and I’ve trusted Him all these years to shoulder the burden of depression in my life. He’s never let me down.
And He’ll never let you down.
Like the song says, “He never let’s go.”