God Delights in You

I don’t have children, but my little brother was born when I was seventeen, so I got to experience some of the things parents do. I remember the love I felt when little Christian first came home. It was like nothing I’d felt before. I didn’t realize I could love someone like that.

Everything he did was cute. Everything new he did was such a proud moment for me. To see him roll over the first time, or to hear him talk in baby gibberish, was like watching him win the Olympics. Every moment was an adventure with him. I was so excited to see what he would do next.

Next thing I knew, Christian started crawling and standing. I knew the day would soon come when he would walk—which, if you didn’t know, is like the Super Bowl for babies. These little guys train so hard for that moment.

I remember his first step like it was yesterday. Christian stood, looked at my mom, then stepped forward like Neil Armstrong on the moon. Almost immediately, he fell—right into my mom’s embrace. In that moment, my whole family delighted in Christian. We celebrated his success and loved on him so much.

As he continued learning to walk, we of course didn’t yell or get mad at him whenever he fell. We delighted in every step he took, and when he fell, we tried to be there to catch him every time.
In our lives as Christians, we often think that when we fall, God is mad at us or yelling at us for messing up. But the good news of Jesus is that He took away our missteps and He’s there to catch us when we fall. He loves being there for us. He loves comforting us and assuring us in every moment. He’ll never get tired of being there when we fall.

Maybe Christian’s story isn’t your story. It wasn’t always mine either, as I was growing up. I always thought I was in trouble, even when I knew I wasn’t. I lived in fear of messing up. I always felt I wasn’t doing enough, and I could never relax because there was always something more I could do. I have scars; we all do. But the beauty of God is that He uses our scars to show us the goodness of His Son. He works everything for our good. Even the messy things.

Maybe you never heard your dad or mom say they were proud of you, or that they liked you or were pleased with who you are. That creates a scar. Whether we realize it or not, we often see God in a similar way we see our parents. If our parents were mad and grumpy, we tend to think that’s how God is too.

The Bible says that if we want to know what God the Father is like, we look to Jesus. And Jesus loved us so much that He gave His life for us. Take a moment to let that sink in.

God is crazy about you. He was eternally satisfied before He created you and me. And why did He create us? To love us. To show us the riches of His goodness. Sure, God doesn’t like when we sin, because it hurts us. But He’s not mad, nor does He leave us. Instead, He’s always with us and always delighting in us, in every step we take in dependence on Him.

In your every mistake, God is with you. He doesn’t run off when you mess up, then ask you to work your way back to Him. No, He enters the mess with you and reminds you, “I’m here, I love you, and we’ll get through this together.”

Jesus got mad at sin on the cross. He took it upon Himself, then He took it away forever. He remembers our sin no more. This is why He can delight in us in every moment. He knows we won’t walk perfectly, and that’s okay with Him; He’s not in a rush for you to behave perfectly. He just loves you, and He loves to delight in you.

Hearing God’s Opinion
“What I did for you through the cross and resurrection was enough. This means nothing you do can change our relationship. We’re good to go. It’s such an adventure living inside of you! I love every moment with you. Look up, child! See My delight in you. I promise to work every mistake you make for your good. I’m never tired of you, and you never irritate Me. Enjoy Me enjoying you.”

“The Lord your God is in your midst; he is a warrior who can deliver. He takes great delight in you; he renews you by his love; he shouts for joy over you.”
Zephaniah 3:17 NET

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