What is your picture of the God you worship? Do you see Him like Santa Claus, with a bag of gifts to hand out to you when you make your way on to his “good” list? Perhaps you see God as a terrible ogre in the sky, just waiting to crush you the next time you step out of line? Or perhaps you see Him as a disinterested deity who created the heavens and the earth and is now sitting idly back in heaven, watching the universe spin off in its own random direction.
Well, I have a word of encouragement for you today!
The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. (Psalm 37:23 NLT)
The God who reveals Himself to us through the Scriptures delights in every detail of the lives of His adopted children . . . and if you have placed your trust in Jesus Christ for salvation, that includes you! The Bible asserts that our God is working all things together for the good of those who love him (Romans 8:28) —even those painful things which seem awful at the time.
There is so much encouragement packed into Psalm 37:23, but I will simply make two points here.
GOD IS RELATIONAL
Our Triune God is relational all by Himself: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit living in perfect relationship from all eternity. And since you and I are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27), we have been designed for relationship, both vertically (with Him) and horizontally (with each other). God created everything—including us—not out of need, but out of love. We have been created for an intimate, personal, loving relationship with the Creator of the universe and we are to love Him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength (Mark 12:30).
Think about it this way: God does not need us; He simply wants us. Wow! Could we possibly find any greater source of comfort and strength in this life that in that truth?!
GOD IS ALWAYS RELATING
How often do we go through our daily routines without giving even a passing thought to God? But the same cannot be said about Him. To be delighting in every detail of our lives means that God is continually relating to us as we go through life. The Bible tells us that God is with us, for us, and in us. He is walking with us in all the details of life, every step of the way. And we have been given a great promise, regardless of how many times we choose to walk away from Him:
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of [your enemies], for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:6)
So regardless of where this finds you today—whether you are riding the crest of a wave of victory or barely keeping your nose above the waves of challenge—know that Jesus delights in the details of your life and He has promised never to leave you or forsake you.
How is it with you? Do you offer all the details of your life up to Him? May that be our daily prayer: that we will delight in trusting our Savior for every detail of our lives.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!