Hearing God’s Love Each Morning
By Andrea Chatelain
“Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in You. Show me the way I should go, for to You I entrust my life." Psalm 143:8.
Does he really love me? 365 times ten equals 3,650 days. That’s how many mornings my husband and I’ve had as a married couple. Most days start the same. Coffee, breakfast, a hug and “love you” from my husband. Logic tells my mind I already know he loves me, but my heart still needs to hear those words every morning. In faith, my soul craves the same affirmation.
When he’s rushed and forgets, or when we’ve disagreed and the silence forms a wall, I’m tempted to doubt his love. I need my husband to squash that lie and tell me straight up, “Andrea, I will never stop loving you. Ever.”
I’m forgetful in my relationship with God too. Doesn’t matter how many times I’ve listened to Sunday sermons shouting God’s love and faithfulness—I need it from the source. Everyday. I’m desperate for God to dictate my identity with each sunrise as I read my Bible: “You are my chosen, beloved, daughter who I think is worthy of My love. Even when you mess up, Jesus is enough to pick you back up again.”
I used to think Bible reading was for perfect Christians who wanted to be reminded of their holiness, but the more time I spend in Scripture, the more I know it’s for imperfect people like me. God’s words to us remind us it’s ok that we don’t have it all figured out. They point to the fact that Jesus was perfect so we don’t have to strive for perfection. We only need faith in the perfect One.
As we open our Bibles each morning, we can begin our day like today’s verse, assured that the God of the universe loves us unfailingly.
Andrea Chatelain’s mission is to meet women in their struggles and love them forward with God’s truth. She's part of the Wholly Loved Ministriesteam, is a Midwest mom of three, faith and family writer, and college English instructor to immigrants and refugees. It’s her joy to lead Bible studies in her neighborhood, church, and community because she believes Jesus transforms lives when His people boldly seek Him. Her writing reflects her love for Jesus and heart for fellow believers. Connect with Andrea more online at www.afruitfulwoman.com.
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Originally published Friday, 26 April 2019.