EMPOWERING LIVES WITH PURPOSE:
Dr. Jia Conway
Author, WWL Leadership Team Director, Medical Doctor.
“God’s Delight & Rejoicing”
“The Lord Your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you. In His love He will no longer rebuke you but rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17)
In the Word of God, we meet Him: all of Him is revealed to us in His nature, character, deity, and persona. He speaks from the depths of who He is as a father that longs and yearns for the heart of His children. We are His workmanship in whom He takes pleasure, delight, and joy. God looks at you and me and He sees who He created us to be, and not who we think we are to become. We spend so much of our lives on a pursuit of the someone that we think we are missing, and the somethings that we believe make us whole and complete. We spend far too much time one inch deep in the Word, the will, and ways of God, often missing out on a rooted love, protection, and power over all. What a relational God we serve! There are over 300 scriptures that speak to God’s love, over 200 scriptures on His provision, and over 100 scriptures about His relationship to you and me. Where have you found yourself, my sister, in the scriptures? In the heart of the Lord our God who is with you? In the mighty warrior who saves? Have you found yourself consumed in His delight and love that is all-consuming and enduring?
Can I challenge you today to open your heart and mind to encounter, embrace and truly experience a love that no longer rebukes but rejoices over you with singing? The prophet Zephaniah reminds us that God rejoices over us with singing! He delights in the very love that He gives like a mother does as she embraces the baby in her womb ~ with singing.
When you find yourself in a moment wandering and wondering about the pendulum of life, take resolve in the prophet’s declaration, “The Lord Your God is with you!” When you find yourself pondering in the silence of what you think is God not moving, speaking, or communing with you, find hope in the prophet’s proclamation, “In His love, He will no longer rebuke you, but rejoice over you with singing!”