Secure in God’s love: thoughts from John on Psalm 40

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Jonathan reminded us this morning of our security as children of the God.  He referred to ‘waiting on God’ both in terms of an initial seeking of help from God, and as a mark of the disciplined Christian life.

David’s Psalm seems to refer to specific incidents in the author’s life, times of prayer and rescue. I’m just not sure how comfortable I am in applying it to every hard time we face as Christian people.  I’m aware of times when we pray, and nothing happens; times when we wait, and wait, and it seems God is playing hide-and-seek; times when we call out to God and the disaster still happens, the healing is not given, the marriage collapses. ‘Where are you God?’

When I was listening to Jonathan, I was thinking of these words from Romans

 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? ….. I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,  neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  (Romans 8: 35, 38-39)

Paul is not saying that bad stuff won’t happen to us – quite the opposite. He doesn’t claim that in these situations we will be miraculously rescued. But he assures us that, no matter what, we are loved by the Father through Jesus Christ.

I guess I don’t do much ‘waiting on God’ these days.  What sustains me is rather ‘resting in God.’  I believed that I am loved by the Father, loved more than I can ever imagine, loved with a quality and intensity of love which no human being can match. I am utterly secure. And every human being alive is loved by God with the same love.

Lots of times, I have no sense of God’s presence; sometimes when things go wrong I panic and try to sort everything myself.  But I have learned to ‘Choose Joy’, to remind myself that I am loved, that nothing will separate me from love, that it is a love which accompanies me through pain and darkness, a love which will not let me go.  And the impulse, the energy, to choose joy, light, and love is itself a gift from God.

I am sure there are times when waiting on God is helpful, but for me, I wonder ‘Why wait for a God who has promised never to leave me, who is with me in everything?’

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