To Love the Truth Day 21: He Delights in Me

A lot of times before we can love the truth and walk in truth, we must acknowledge and confront the lies we so often believe.  Lies we think are the truth.  Lies that can easily destroy.

Here’s one lie I believed for a long time: God doesn’t like me.

Sure, He loves me.  Sure, He sent His Son to die for me.  But like me? Not a chance.  Somehow I was sure that He barely tolerated me.  That I annoyed Him.  That when I asked Him for something, He’d roll His eyes and say, “For crying out loud, Allison! I already gave you eternal life! Would you shut up and quit whining and leave me alone?”

I tiptoed around Him for years….desperate to make myself more lovable but with every year feeling more and more ugly and undesirable.

Enough is enough.  There have even been days in the last month that I’ve started living according to that lie.

And so I must tell myself the Truth over and over.

Psalm 18:19 “He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me”

He delights in me.  He doesn’t tolerate me.  He doesn’t “just” love me.  He delights in me.

Let’s define that word, shall we?  To delight is to please someone greatly. I please Him greatly?!?!  To delight is to take pleasure in.  I bring Him pleasure.  Synonyms include: to charm, to enchant, to captivate, to thrill….

Can it be?  I charm Him. He finds me charming.  He’s captivated by me.  I thrill Him.  He finds me enchanting.


This truth is sometimes almost too wonderful to even believe.  The King of the Universe, the Creator of all things is wowed by ME.

Surely I am precious.  “You like me! You really like me!”

If I believe His words are truth, these words must be also.

Zephaniah 3:17 “The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”

I bring Him great joy.  He smiles when He thinks of me.  And He thinks of me often.

Oh, to live every day as if I loved the whole Truth!

To Love the Truth Day 20: He is Good

God is good. A simple statement but a truth worth repeating over and over.  Sometimes it takes a while to believe it.

He is good…..all the times.
He is good… all things.
He is good… all he does.
He is good… His love.
He is good…..when there is nothing good in me.
He is good…..and is enough.
He is good… me.
He is good…..forever.

“Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

He is a good Father.

I heard this song earlier this month and found the words so comforting….Truth worth repeating when it’s hard to believe.

You’re a good, good Father
It’s who You are, It’s who You are
And I’m loved by You
It’s who I am, It’s who I am

To Love the Truth Day 19: I have nothing to fear

I am a worrier at heart. I find myself thinking about all the things that could go wrong and play “what would happen if” scenarios in my head all the time.  I suppose you could reframe it and say I am always prepared, but the root of my worry is fear.  What if I can’t handle this? What if I find myself alone? What if God can’t even handle this?

The Truth is that as a daughter of the King, I have nothing to fear.

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?….No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For 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.”

Take a look at that list again.  It includes everything we could possibly fear.  Paul says in all these things, we do not have to fear because God’s love is bigger and stronger.  We live in His love.  And John tells us, “There is no fear in love.”

We have nothing left to fear.

Even death.  Death plants us even more securely in His love because suddenly we are with Him and see Him forever.

Paul went so far to call death a rescue — something to be welcomed, not dreaded.

“The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom.”

And so we remain, in His love, with Him as our refuge, with nothing to fear.

To Love the Truth Day 17: Deeply Loved

I’m giving myself some grace today and making this one short.  

Truth for today: We are deeply loved by the Father.

Meditate on these words from Spurgeon today.

“Did you ever consider the depth of love in the heart of Jehovah, when God the Father equipped His Son for the great enterprise of mercy? If not, make this your day’s meditation. The Father sent Him!

To Love the Truth Day 16: He is my Advocate

Well Day 16 is a day late. I spent most of yesterday traveling and crawled into bed the minute I got home.  This 31 days in a row thing is every bit as difficult as I thought.

I owe much of what I am going to write today to the work of Kelly Minter.  I went through her “What Love Is” study this summer on 1, 2, 3 John and learned so much.  

I John 2:1-2 “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense — Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sings, and no only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.”

We have one who speaks to the Father in our defense — Jesus Christ!  Jesus is our advocate.  

As a school counselor, I know a little bit about what it means to be an advocate. My primary role is to serve as an advocate for my students — to fight for them in places where they cannot fight for themselves. I have access to resources they could never find on their own and my job title has legitimacy that makes people listen to me even if they wouldn’t listen to a child. Though it doesn’t always mean everything works out perfectly, I have a great deal of power. I can make things happen in situations where no one else could.

Jesus is our advocate to the Father.  The one who pleads our case in the heavens — who argues for our defense — when we have no way to speak up for ourselves in a meaningful way.

Kelly Minter lists four primary qualities of an advocate:
1) Holds a position that I do not
2) Has power that I do not
3) Is granted access to people that I do not have 
4) Has great influence

The all-powerful, all-knowing, all-merciful Savior of the world is our Advocate before the Father.  Rest in that truth today, friends.

To Love the Truth Day 15: I am Rich

This is not about money.  When I say I am rich, I am talking about so much more than wealth. And not at all about wealth.  To echo what Jen Hatmaker wrote so wisely in For the Love, if the Christian “Truth” you’re presented with isn’t true for the homeless single mother in Haiti, IT ISN’T TRUE.

And if the Christian homeless single mother in Haiti is rich in Christ, it has nothing to do with money.

John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

Jesus came to give us abundant life — a rich life!

“The Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him.” Romans 10:12

So what is this rich blessing?  Paul tells us in his letter to the church in Ephesus.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to  be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will — to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption though his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us.”

I am a child of the King. The God of all riches.  And he blesses me richly – with life, peace, hope, joy, family….

We are richly blessed.

I’m going to end today with the lyrics to a song I’ve had on repeat for a while.

Everything is Mine in You

Everything is mine in You 
Even when my heart is breaking 
Everything is mine in You 
Even when my hands are empty 
Everything is mine in You 
Oh, in You 
Everything is mine in You 
I can trust You with my longing 
Everything is mine in You 
Even though the road is lonely 
Everything is mine in You 
Oh, in You 
‘Cause You are, master over all 
And You say, You are my inheritance 
And in You, I have everything I need 
And You are, seated in the heavenlies 
And You say, forever You’re my hiding place 
And in You, I have everything I need 
Everything is mine in You 
And I know my future’s bright 
Everything is mine in You 
Past or present, death and life 
Everything is mine in You 
Oh, in You 
Against all hope 
Help me hope 
Against all fear 
Draw me near 
Against all hope 
I will hope 
Against all fear 
I will draw near 
I am drawing near to You, Lord.

To Love the Truth Day 14: Blameless

Blameless.  Let’s talk about this word for a moment.  If you google the definition you will see this: “innocent of wrongdoing.”

Synonyms include – faultless, guiltless, above reproach, unimpeachable, exemplary, flawless.

When I think of someone who is blameless, I think of a classroom of students.  Someone has taken something from the teacher’s desk but the teacher isn’t sure who.  She narrows the list of possible suspects to five.  Four of those five are not guilty, but they’ve done enough other questionable things to be considered in line with their character.  The other students in the room are blameless.  She dismisses them as ones who would never have done it…above reproach, not at all sketch.  She wouldn’t even consider blaming them.  

1 Corinthians 1:8 – He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 5:25-27 – …Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.

Because of Jesus, God declares us blameless.  He calls us innocent.

The word choice is powerful.  Many times in a court of law, defendants are declared “not guilty” because there is not enough evidence to convict, or reasonable doubt.  Many people are found not guilty as a technicality though the public may be generally convinced of their guilt.  “Not guilty” and “innocent” are not the same thing.

Innocence goes a step beyond.  Not only does God say we aren’t being found guilty and saddled with the consequences, He says we are blameless.  We did not do it.  We are flawless.   There is no doubt.

Truth to Love Today: He’s made me blameless.  He will keep me blameless.

1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 “May God Himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through.  May your whole spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.”

To Love the Truth Day 13: Fully Known

One Sunday about four years I ago I visited a church here in Lexington for the first time.  The service wasn’t all that memorable — not terrible, not awesome.  We sang songs I liked and I guess it was a good sermon.  All in all, it was a typical church service for me.  I came, I sat alone, no one talked to me, and I was all set to leave as quickly as possible.

Out of nowhere the church’s pastor appeared at my side. He introduced himself and shook my hand, and then looked directly at me. “I noticed you during my sermon today, and I just need to tell you that God sees you.  He sees you.”  

I awkwardly said thank you and quickly bolted for the door so he wouldn’t see the tears that had begun to trickle down my face.  

I am seen.  He sees me.  

The Hebrew word raah is found thousands of times in the Old Testament and carries several different meanings.  Translated simply as “too see”, it also means to watch, to observe, to perceive, to inspect, to examine, to understand, or to know.  To see requires a great deal of attention, passion, intensity.  To truly see something requires effort.

“Taste and see that the Lord is good” becomes “Experience and fully know the goodness of the Lord.”  Simple vision doesn’t begin to cover the depth of this word.

Similarly, to raah see can seem both positive and negative.  The very idea that God sees me can cause me to want to run both toward and away from him at the same time.  

One of the first verses I ever memorized was this: “The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.” (Proverbs 15:3)  

He sees everything.  It is both a comfort and a threat.  Often when the Lord speaks in the prophets, He tells His people that He sees them — and it’s in an accusatory way.  He has seen their sins.  He knows their wickedness.  They can run but they can’t hide.  Judgment is coming.

And then, He changes His tone.  He sees them.  He sees their shame.  He sees the devastation their sins have caused.  He sees their suffering and He rises to show them compassion.  

He sees.  He knows.  In fact, one of His names even comes from raah.  His name is El Roi: The God Who Sees Me (in a good way).

Paul echoes this idea in I Corinthians 13: “For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.  Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”

One day we will see and understand Him the way fully sees and understands us.

Truth to love today: 
I am seen and I am known by the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

To Love the Truth Day 12: No Longer a Slave

I just can’t get that song out of my head:
I’m no longer a slave to fear
I am a child of God

We are no longer slaves – to sin, to death, to fear – to anything or anyone.  We are sons and daughters of the God who set us free.

Hebrews 2:14-15 “Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death–that is, the devil–and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.”

John 8:34-36 “Jesus replied, ‘I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.'”

Romans 8:14-17 “those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’ The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ.”

Galatians 4:7 “So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.”

You are no longer a slave. You are a child of God. God’s heir. Everything that’s His is yours. Forever.

And that’s a Truth to love today.