I’m realizing more each day that God’s love for us is deeper and wider than we can even begin to see. I’ve spent my life thinking I had some idea of how much He loves, but I’ve recently had the revelation that it’ll take a lifetime before I even scratch the surface. Love here on Earth is so beautiful, but can be so fragile. I'm amazed when I think of God’s perfect love. Love that never walks away when things get uncomfortable. Love that sees all, knows all, and yet never changes its mind. He never decides He needs space or time to reconsider His feelings, never holds grudges. He doesn’t hold back His love for fear of being rejected. His love for us is unashamed. He gave everything just to know us face to face. Wherever you find yourself today, remember that it is finished. The love of Jesus has broken every sin and every lie. From Our Father’s unrelenting love we have found freedom. Rejoice! For you are loved beyond human understanding-fully loved, just as you are. “His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn't love in order to get something from us but to give everything of Himself to us.”—Ephesians 5:2 (MSG).
The end of the year can mean many things for different people. It can mean the fresh start of new beginning, a clean slate. Last year’s failures, disappointments, unfulfilled hopes magically erased and the hope for a brighter future is rife with possibility. For others, it's the perspective that the advent of the new year will hold more of the same from its disappointing predecessor. But what does God say? "This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it." He said, “this is the day,” present tense. He also tells us to take the posture of rejoicing. Rejoice in the day that brings hard things. Rejoice in the day that brings beautiful things Whatever you’ve done or haven't done that day, He doesn't want you to dwell on it. That's probably why he gave us "new days." It's a resetting, a reboot. Regardless of what has or hasn't happened he wants us to rejoice. God is not a God of the past. He is actively present and purposefully, future. “For I know the plans I have for you…plans to give you a hope and a future.” If you’re putting your hope in the future of what 2107 may bring, you may be disappointed. For it’s not the future that we put our hope in, it is in the God who holds our future.