Why, hello! Anybody feeling a little more confident as we dig into Chapter Two this week? I don't know about you, but my confidence meter can be really high one second and then plummet to unconfident the next. It's like coming off a sugar high, you know? And, what stinks is that I find myself not taking control of those emotions. I'm not putting my confidence in God.
But, I'm recognizing this behavior and trying to change it. I've enjoyed this book so far, have y'all? I think the further we get into it, the more able I will be to put my confidence in Christ instead of my flesh.
I wanted to share a segment of Chapter Two today. Renee shared it on her blog this past week. She said:
“Jesus knew Sam’s (the Samaritan woman’s) story and He knows yours. The Greek word for “know” is yada. It means a deep emotional experience; a bonding between two people when one truly feels the emotions of the other. Jesus knows your pain, fears, doubts, and disappointments. He understands your dreams and desires.
Although some of us feel uncomfortable that God knows so much about us, it is good to be known, to be listened to and not judged. Jesus is the only One who can meet our deepest needs to be accepted and delighted in simply because of who we are. We can offer nothing but our presence, and He will desire us just the same…
Christianity is the only faith that offers a relationship with the living God. We don’t just know about our God; our God wants us to know Him. We were created for that kind of relationship. He wants us to find lasting soul-security in knowing we are valued and pursued by the One who knows and loves us—the One who created our inmost being and wove us together in our mother’s womb (Ps. 139:13). Have you let the gospel of God’s grace move from your head to your heart, so that you know without a doubt you are known intimately and loved completely by God?” (p. 40 printed copy)
See, I think that is the problem that most of us have. Technically, we know in our head that we are loved by God. But, our heart doesn't always get that message..especially when we are consumed with self-doubt or feel lonely, like Sam. In order for our relationship to grow with God, we have to be open enough to meet Him at the well, and to let Him completely into our hearts, not just our heads. Renee poses this question at the end of the chapter:
Jesus wants to create a safe place for you to be transparent with Him where you can ask questions and be real about your desires, doubts, disappointments, and dreams. He knows you and wants you to really know Him. Is the thought of this kind of relationship with God comforting or uncomfortable, and why?
Take some time and let that question sink in. Before we leave today, Renee gives us these assignments:
Our word this week is “Known”
Our verse of the week is: Jeremiah 1:5 - “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart…” (NIV)
Download our Free Printable PDF of this week’s word and verse — or find it here in a Word doc format if you prefer. Please print it and post it everywhere so you can remember God KNOWs YOU and He loves you!!
We will meet back here next week to go over Chapter Three. Don't stress if you haven't finished it, take your time and stop by to get a dose of God-confidence for the week.
Till next time, let your light shine!