You’ve probably heard the country music song titled “You Were Always On My Mind” at some point in your life. The song was performed by many different artists back in the 70’s and 80’s, including Elvis Presley and Willie Nelson, who won a Grammy Award with his version.
Country crooners aside . . . did you know that there never was a time when you were not on the Master’s mind?
The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.” (Jeremiah 31:3)
From everlasting to everlasting, you have been on God’s mind. That’s right! The Creator and Sustainer of the entire universe is thinking about you continually. You might very well think that God has enough to be thinking about in running the universe. Yet David rejoiced in Psalm 40:17, “I am poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me.” And this was coming from a man who committed adultery and ordered the death of his paramour’s husband. Indeed, in the very same psalm, David confessed that “My sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see. They are more than the hairs of my head, and my heart fails within me.” Yet the Lord still took thought of David, to deliver him from his troubles and from his own sin!
The truth in this life is someone can be thinking about you today and forget about you tomorrow. Think about all the people in your life you no longer think about . . . some of whom you loved dearly and many of whom you liked a lot! Staggering isn’t it?
But God is not a man that He should forget you. From before the creation of the world and everything in it, you were on God’s mind and in His heart (Ephesians 1:4-5). From the moment of your first breath and every breath thereafter, God has thought about you, loved you, and drawn you with His loving-kindness.
And God’s lovingkindness doesn’t stop when you take your last breath here! If you have placed your trust in His Son, you will be forever on His mind throughout eternity as you walk with Him and talk with Him and rejoice in Him.
Right now Jesus has you on His mind. Regardless of where this finds you, Jesus is thinking about you at this very second. That thought should absolutely rock your world! Remember that terrible night when Peter denied Jesus; after the third denial, the Lord looked at him across the courtyard (Luke 22:61). Peter must have thought Jesus hated him and would never think of him again . . . but you remember the rest of the story, don’t you? After His resurrection, Jesus reaffirmed Peter and assured him that his sin has not stopped Jesus from thinking about him. In fact, the exchange they had (recorded in John 21:15-22) confirms that Jesus had great plans for Peter to engage in courageous, compelling ministry work.
When we think we have utterly blown it and are convinced God would want nothing more to do with us ever, we discover that the exact opposite is true. God keeps drawing us with His love, even when we deny and desert Him. Remember, Jesus said He will never leave nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5), no matter what you do. And that means you will always be on His mind.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!