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TEACHER DEVOTION FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 24, 2016
DO YOU LOVE ME?
PS 36:7 How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings.
I met my husband when I was 12 and he was 14. Our unusual dating pattern began when I was 16. Dean called me once every month to ask me out for a Saturday night. I didn’t hear from him again until 5:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the each month when he asked me out for the third Saturday. After 10 months of once-a-month dating, I realized how much I cared for him. In fact, I knew I was falling in love with him, but I wasn’t sure how he felt about me.
In June, at the end of our monthly date, Dean asked me if he could call me about 2:00 a.m. during his midnight shift at the bakery. I agreed. I waited up until 3:30 a.m. and finally went to bed wondering why he didn’t call.
The next morning my dad woke me up and told me that Dean had been in an accident. My heart stopped! “What kind of an accident? Is he okay?” I asked. My dad didn’t know. He said that Dean was asking for me. His mother called the house to let me know, but she didn’t give any details. My imaginations ran wild. I dressed quickly and my dad took me to the hospital. Dean worked nightshift in a bakery, He had crushed his hand in a dough-rolling machine early into the shift. He was in a lot of pain, but when I saw him, my heart leaped. I knew he loved me!
My discovery of God’s love was also dramatic for me. Although I gave my life to Jesus when I was eight and made a lifetime commitment to follow him at twelve, I didn’t truly know that God loved me unconditionally until I was thirty. I will never forget the moment when the revelation of God’s love dropped from my head to my heart. I cried. I rejoiced. I marveled. And, again, I totally committed my life to Christ, but this time out of love not duty.
When you know that you are loved, you feel secure. You become safe enough to be real; you find the freedom to discover who you really are. I “escaped like a bird out of the fowler's snare” Ps. 124:7 No more condemnation. I was loved, accepted and forgiven.
Do you know that Jesus loves you? Do you really understand that He not only died for you but also constantly watches over you (Ps. 121:7-8)? God begins the relationship with you by wooing you. He then continues to draw you to Himself to complete the good work in you that he starts (Job 36:16; Phil 1:6). God chose you and purchased you with his son’s blood; you are not your own (John 15:16; l Cor. 6:20). He asks you not to strive but to follow, not to fret but to trust, not to change yourself but to allow God to do the work in you. He is all sufficient; find your refuge in his sufficiency not your own. Jesus loves you!
DEAR GOD, THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNFAILING LOVE. OPEN MY EYES AND HELP ME TO SEE THE TRUTH. I WANT TO LOVE YOU MORE.
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