Loved As Much Yesterday as Today

bing imagesBy Sandy Kirby Quandt

God loves us just as much today as he did yesterday, as he will tomorrow.

He loves us just as much after our first act of obedience, or disobedience, as he did the day before, or the day after.

We can’t do anything to make him love us more. We can’t do anything to make him love us less.

bing imagesThat concept is so very foreign to our way of thinking, wouldn’t you agree? We are such a works-based, tit for tat, scratch my back I’ll scratch yours, kind of people.

I did X, Y & Z…now you have to love/appreciate me more. I didn’t do L, M, or N…now you have to love/appreciate me more.

Before the beginning of time, God had a plan. His plan included each of us. He knew when we would make him proud. He knew when we would break his heart. Good, bad, indifferent. He knew it all, yet his love remains constant.

I’ll say it again…God loves us just as much today as he did before we were born.

Perhaps we need to slow down and let that reality soak into our very being. Perhaps we bing imagesneed to set aside our thoughts of merit, and rest in Jesus’ love. Perhaps that means opening up our Bible and spending time with the Creator who knit us together in our mother’s womb to see what he has to say about it.

Maybe then we’ll remember the song we might have sung when we were young…the song we sang before we thought our worth was connected to our works…the song we belted out as loud as we could…because we believed it.

Yes. Jesus does love us. The Bible says it, so it has to be true.

As my dad used to say, Now that’s something you can hang your hat on.

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 So you see, our love for him comes as a result of his loving us first. 1 John 4:19 (TLB)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Powered by the Son

I needed a new watch. I wanted one that you wound, but couldn’t find one like that. I didn’t want one that ran on a battery. Tired of having to replace them.

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So, I bought a new watch. No batteries. No winding mechanism. No kinetic motion. This watch runs on solar power.

When I purchased the watch, the clerk told me it might slow down a bit if I left it in my jewelry box. If that should happen, all I needed to do was put the watch in the sunlight to charge it back up.

I don’t put my watch away, but here’s the thing…I wear my watch with the face on the inside of my wrist, toward my body. Pretty much always have.

I find wearing my watch the way I do, helpful when I want to check the time, and be inconspicuous about it. Like when someone is droning on about something, and you know it has to be time to leave, or some such. A quick glance to my up-turned wrist, which is sitting in my lap, and I can tell what time it is.

Of course, I would never look at my watch like that, if you and I were talking.  😉

So, I have this new solar-powered watch, and I experiment with it. I lay it out in the sunlight for several minutes. When I put it on – besides the fact the metal was burning hot – the

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iridescent hands and dots lit up in the dark, which it had not done previously.

That got me to thinking…my watch was like me. It did a good job keeping time, but it lacked something that it received when it was exposed to the sun. The hands of my life may be running around the dial, but until I am exposed to the SON of God, I don’t have what I need to shine in the dark places.

I will lose power, and slow down, when I don’t spend time in the presence of Jesus.

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That could mean spending time in prayer, worship, fellowship with others, study, or simply being awed by God’s magnificent creation, and his love for us. Doesn’t matter. I must spend time exposed to the son, recharging and renewing my soul-er cells.

How about you? I’d love to hear how you recharge.

 

Sandy

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