Scripture Reading: Isaiah 54: 5-14
Welcome to today’s devotional. Today the Holy Spirit speaks to those who feel unloved. Read this story: Rejected for her gender at birth ignored for her looks and despised by her clumsiness. Grace had learnt early in life to isolate herself and avoid attention. She had always known rejection and criticism. A girl familiar with rebukes and blames, she has come to terms with the fact that she can never be good enough. “Nobody loves me.” She concluded. Do you feel unloved? The feeling of not being loved, whether it’s real or imagined casts a dark shadow over life. It is a feeling that may permanently colour ones view in life and relationships, and has the capacity to damage one’s personality, making a person either very aggressive and rebellion or very timid, gullible and a man pleaser. No matter which extreme of the continuum a life falls in, the greatest potentials of life is never fully tapped if such life remains locked up in the darkness and gloom the feeling which of being unloved creates. However, there are certain truths we must piece together from the fields of the scriptures and these are truth which set us free.
You Need God’s Love
It is a good thing to be loved by men but it is the love of God that brings to you happiness and joy in life. In our scripture reading was a woman who lived most of her life pursuing her husband. Though she is the first of Jacob’s wives, she was largely ignored by him to the point that she had to bribe her way into his bed. She named all her sons after this one desire and pursuit of her heart, her husband’s love. Yet she never had it. She was in a fierce battle with her sister for their husband’s attention and affection and even though she was best placed to win in the struggle, her sister Rachel won without any effort or qualification.
It is not the desire of God that any of His children spend this life seeking the love of men neither does He want His children going about feeling unloved. This is why hardly any book of the Bible, from the old through to the New Testament, does not lack the chapter which directly or indirectly tells you of God’s love. God wants His children to feel loved and precious
but not necessarily based on men’s affection. The Holy Spirit dedicated a whole book “the Songs of Solomon”, to describe God’s love to mankind. Whose love can beat that of your Creator? God is seriously in love with you. In Isaiah 54: 5-14, the Lord vowed His love to the forsaken and rejected. His love is an everlasting, unfailing, undying and a free love. His hands are stretched out all day waiting eagerly for your embrace. You, beloved, are the joy of the Lord. (Zephaniah 3:16-20) He left His glory and took the nature of man and died shamefully on a cross just to win you over to himself. Why suck and be moody all your life for a pathetic substitute when you can get the inestimable and valuable in a breath? Behold what manner of love your God has for you that He should engrave you in the palms of His hands and cherish you as the apple of His eyes? He gave His life as a ransom for you and will give up men and nations for you because He loves you and you are precious to Him. Come forth from that pit of self-pity and lose yourself at the bosom of the deepest and eternal love that has ever been and will ever be.
Eph 4: 1-6; Ps 24: 1-2. 3-4abcd- 5; (R. 6); Accl Mt 11:25; Lk 12: 54-59
- Lord Jesus come and dwell in my heart and help me to see myself from Your own eyes.
- Holy Spirit, help me to comprehend with all the saints, the width, length, depth and height of the love of Christ.
- Teach me to understand that the worth of my life is not based on the evaluations of men but rather on Your evaluation.
- Give me the grace to respond correctly to Your love.
- Pray that God would make you an apostle of divine love.
Exercise: Let your life be a love letter from God to those around you.
Memory Verse: John 13:34