Our Bible verse for today: “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” 1 John 3:1 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “Believe what God says is true about you.”
The other day I came across an interesting article written by Stuart Briscoe. He was writing about what it is that we as individuals tend to believe to be true about God, and how it is that our perceptions of God are often so distorted. Briscoe writes, “There’s a lot of speculation as to who God is and what he’s like. But we need to operate on the basis of revelation, not speculation. It is one thing for us to express what we think God is like; it is an entirely different thing for us to recognize what God says he is like … What better place to discover who God is than in his self-description?”
Briscoe’s point is that we often confuse and mislead ourselves with our wrong perceptions about God because we fail to simply accept what God tells us in the Bible to be true about Himself. In the Bible He describes Himself for us and He gives us a clear explanation of what He is like. So why would we not simply read it and believe it? Why do we allow our own distorted perceptions of him to determine our thinking, rather than simply accepting what He has told us to be true about himself?
The same principle applies with respect to what we believe to be true about ourselves, as opposed to what God says is actually true about us. In the Bible God has a lot to say about who we are and how He feels about us. So why don’t we just read it, believe it, and accept what God says is true of us?
In John 3:16 He says He loves us so much, and He wants so much for us to spend eternity in heaven with Him, that He sent Jesus to earth on a rescue mission to save us from our sins and to bring us to heaven. In 1 John 3:1 He tells us that He has adopted us into His family and that we are now His children. In Jeremiah 31:3 He says that He loves us with an everlasting love. In Jeremiah 29:11-13 He explains that He has a wonderful plan that He wants to work out in our lives. In Philippians 1:6 we are told that He will bring to completion that which He has preordained for us. In John 14:1-3 Jesus describes the wonderful home in heaven He is preparing for us.
And on and on it goes. All throughout the Bible God has given us description after description and promise after promise that helps us to understand who we are in His eyes and how much He loves us. So why do we focus so much on what we believe to be true about ourselves, rather than on what God has said to be true about us? It’s Satan who tricks us into doing that. Satan doesn’t want you to know how much you matter to God. Satan wants you to believe the lies that live in your head rather than the Truth that lives in your heart.
I encourage you to believe what God says is true about you. Read your Bible. It’s His love letter to you. The Bible tells you everything you need to know about who you are; about how God much God loves you; and why you matter so much to Him.
I encourage you to believe what God says is true about you. You are His, you are loved more than you realize, and therefore your life matters very, very much.