Today is perhaps the “luckiest” day of the year–at least that’s how its known.
I still remember as a young girl, sitting on the ground at recess with my friends searching through the masses of green clovers that covered the ground in the hopes of finding the elusive 4-leafed clover.
It was so exciting and my thought as a child was that, “maybe I’ll be lucky enough to get one and then I’ll have good luck.” And that’s why I searched and searched…at least until the bell rang…
But now I’m 40 and the idea of me sitting down in the park and ravaging through the endless clovers as a did in my younger years with the goal of finding a little clover-shaped luck so life will go well…well, it seems a little odd.
I’m all for getting out and enjoying God’s beautiful creation but my way of thinking has definately changed from when I was 7.
It brings to mind a verse from what is most commonly referred to as the “love chapter”, 1 Corinthians 13.
"When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things." 1 Corinthians 13:11 (NKJV)
And how true Paul’s words are! I’m sure you too can testify to it and we both could make a laundry list of how our mindsets have changed.
Funny thing is, though I no longer believed in the “Luck of the Irish” (even though I’m descended from them!), I found that my way of speaking remained the same as my 7-year old self.
Something would happen and I would give thanks to God and then immediately proceed to share with others how lucky I was. A little contradictory, don’t you think?
Then, one day I finally realized the incongruity between my words and my thoughts.
Either I believed in luck or God’s love. But it can’t be both.
So, I would like to share with you today some truths that there is an Almighty Ruler of the Universe, who is interested in every detail of your life.
And He is not simply a God of love, but He IS love. (1 John 4:8,16)
So when the world wants to convince us that no one cares and life just depends on some random, invisible force, without reason or rhyme, there’s a Loving God seated on His throne assuring us that we matter to Him and that He is working out all things for good to those who love Him.
And we know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28 (NKJV)
Here are a few truths for you today and everyday. They show God’s sovereignty, our tendencies as humans and His great love in spite of that. May they strengthen your heart during such times as these.
The Rule and Reign of the Most High King
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1
I will lift my eyes to the hills--from whence comes my help? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2
For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, And His kingdom is from generation to generation. All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: He does according to His will in the army of heaven And among the inhabitants of the earth...Now, I Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all of whose works are truth, and His ways justice. Daniel, 4:34b-35, 37a (NKJV)
Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war...And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS and LORD OF LORDS. Revelation 19:11, 16 (NKJV)
Yours, O LORD, is the greatness, The power and the glory, The victory and the majesty; For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, And You are exalted as head over all. Both riches and honor come from You, And You reign over all. In Your hand is power and might; In Your hand it is to make great And to give strength to all. 1 Chronicles 29:10b-12
The King’s Love and Our Tendencies as Humans
When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called My son. I taught Ephraim to walk, Taking them by their arms; but they did not know that I healed them. I drew them with gentle cords, with bands of love, and I was to them as those who take the yoke from their neck. I stooped and fed them. [emphasis added] Hosea 11:2
"I have loved you [Israel]," says the LORD. "Yet you say, 'In what way have You loved us?'" [emphasis added] Malachi 1:2a (NKJV)
As it is written, "There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God"...There is none who does good, no, not one....for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:10-11, 12b, 23 (NKJV)
...He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore, be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful. Luke 6:35b-36
In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 1 John 4:9 (NKJV)
Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! 1 John 3:1 (NKJV)
I sought the LORD, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears...This poor man cried out, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him, And delivers them. Psalm 34:4, 6-7 (NKJV)
How Should I Respond to God’s Love?
Looking at these truths, we can see that the fountain of blessing comes not as a result of luck, but of God’s love. So how should I respond?
Love Him in return, give Him credit for what He has done and declare to others His wonderful acts .
We love Him because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19 (NKJV)
Now therefore, our God, We thank You and praise Your glorious name. But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly as this? For all things come from You, and of Your own we have given You. 1 Chronicles 29:13-14 (NKJV)
Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will declare what He has done for my soul." Psalm 66:16 (NKJV)
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 1 John 4:11 (NKJV)
Precious friend, please never let anyone steal from you the truth of the love that God has for you. You are not an accident or chance. You were carefully and lovingly made by the Creator of the Universe.
Not only that, He saw every sin you and I have committed. That none of us can be perfect–which is what is required to have a relationship with Him and get into heaven.
Knowing you and I could never be “lucky” enough to find our way to Him, He opened the door through the horrible and wonderful sacrifice of Jesus Christ, so that all who turn away from their sins and believe in Him and confess Him as Lord have the privilege of having the King of the Universe as her loving, gracious Father.
If you haven’t ever placed your faith in Christ, I implore you on Christ’s behalf to be reconciled to Him. Let go of what will soon fade away and experience the everlasting joy and love that He is ready to pour out upon all who call on Him.
...if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation...For whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved. Romans 10:9-10
Today, I invite you to relish in the the great love that God has for you and me!
And share this grand love with others.
(For inspiration on sharing God’s love, check out Wise Women Living: 12 Ways to Show God’s Love or join my Multiply Love in Your Marriage 52-week Challenge.)
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And as always, Be Kind. Be Encouraging. Be a Multiplier! Blessings!