Read Lamentations 3:18-26                      —Zephaniah 3:17 (CEB)

[The Lord your God] will create calm with his love; he will rejoice over you with singing.

As young girls, my friends and I would often pick wildflowers from the yard and begin to pluck the petals off, one by one. With each petal, we would quote alternately, “He loves me” and “He loves me not.” This was to determine whether or not our latest beau loved us. Of course, we always hoped that the last petal would end with the affirmative.

A while back, I had been through some difficult health challenges, and my emotions were at a pretty low point. I began to view myself negatively and feel unlovable. One day, I remembered the “petal” game. I felt that God was showing me that I was playing the same, silly game concerning God’s love for me. I was determining how much I thought God loved me based on my own changing moods. Of course, this is not reality. God’s love for us never wavers. I immediately felt reassured of God’s steadfast, unchanging and totally reliable love.

As we come to know God better, we can be sure that the truth is never, “God loves me not” but always, “God loves me!”

Prayer—Dear Father, thank you for loving us always and forever, in spite of what our world or our emotions sometimes tell us. Amen. 

Thought for the Day—No matter how I feel, God loves me.


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