Daily Devotion for May 31, 2017

'Safe House'

Psalm 103:8-14 NLT

The Lord is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.
He will not constantly accuse us, nor remain angry forever.
He does not punish us for all our sins; He does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve.
For His unfailing love toward those who fear Him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth.
He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.
The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear Him.
For He knows how weak we are; He remembers we are only dust.

Psalm 103:3-5

He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.
He redeems me from death and 
crowns me with love and tender mercies.
He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s
!

Story...

When I was seventeen I had my first car accident—which was all my fault. Afterwards, my little car and I limped home. When I rounded the corner and saw my dad working in the front yard, the waterworks began—I could barely see through my tears. “What would happen?” I thought as I ran to my dad. What would Dad say? My dad had sacrificed so much so I could have that little car—and I had ruined everything! I knew my accident would hurt my family (financially), so my dad would have every right to be extremely angry! Through the tears, however, I noticed my dad barely glanced at my vehicle—his compassionate, loving eyes were on me! He opened his arms and I ran into them. He then said four of the best words I'd ever heard: 

“Honey, are you alright?”

Though I had blown it...I was home, I was safe, I was forgiven, and I was still loved. That night I discovered my dad's love created a “safe house” for me...

In his “safe house,” there was nothing I could do that would stop him from loving me. 

In his “safe house,” it took A LOT for him to get angry, and he never remained angry for long. 

In his “safe house,” he never “constantly accused” me or reminded me of my failures. 

In his “safe house,” he was always lovingly merciful... he didn't “deal harshly with” me as I deserved. 

In his “safe house,” he didn't see me through my sins/failures; rather, he forgave them, and it was done.

In his “safe house,” he saw me as the wonderful person I had not yet become.

In his “safe house,” his “love and mercy” filled me with good things...healing me, renewing me, helping me move on after mistakes, and making me a better person...

My dad's “safe house” is a dim reflection of our Father's “safe house:” Our Lord's unfailing love” towards us who believe in Jesus “is like (that of) a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear Him.” Folks, in our Father's “safe house,” God's love cannot be stopped! He is slow to get angry with us, He NEVER constantly accuses us, He doesn't deal harshly with us (as we deserve), He completely forgives us our sins, He sees us as the unique, perfect individuals He created us to be (like Christ!), and His wonderful “love and mercy” fills us with just what we need for healing, for renewing, for moving on, and for becoming more like His Son...

Heavenly Father, thank You for loving us Believers “like a father!” Thank You for always being our “safe house”...no matter who we are or what we've done! It is Your “unfailing love” and Your merciful ways that bring us healing and renewal! It is Your “unfailing love” and Your merciful ways that help us move on (from our mistakes) make us more like Your Son! We bring ourselves to Your “safe house,” Father..for our best good and Your glory! Moreover, we ask for Your “unfailing love” and mercy to radically change us...so we become a “safe house” for others (for their healing! For their renewal! So they can move on! So they become more like Your Son!)! We ask this in Your Son's name...

AMEN!!!

May we each go and be a “safe house” today!

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