Sunday, September 28, 2014

Quiet You With His Love

You know how when you read scripture, there is that one phrase that sticks with you for the rest of the day, shaping you, guiding you, convicting you as you move throughout your day? It’s pretty amazing and powerful how God’s words are still living and active and able to do so much in us.

Lately, I haven’t been able to forget this part of Zephaniah 3:17 which reads, “He will quiet you with his love.” Other translations say, “He will create calm with his love,” “In his love he will give you new life,” or “You will rest in his love.”
As I’ve moved through my days lately, I’ve noticed this truth on our small, human scale. If you spent any time around our babies, you would quickly find that they are just like your babies where you are. Their days are filled with moments when they get their little feelings hurt, don’t get exactly what they want when they want it, or endure a small ouchie. Oftentimes these little things are cause for great wailing and acting like the world is falling apart!
Do you know all it takes to stop their crying? It takes one of the aunties or me picking them up, ruffling their little heads, and whispering, “Sorry, sorry, sorry.” For some reason that word repeated three times in this country is the universal calmer, and it works every time. Of course it doesn’t mean they got the answer right that they actually missed, or that they get to sit on the special, tall bench instead of their usual chair, and it most certainly doesn’t take the sting away of their little fingers getting pinched in a toy or scraping their knee from running a little too fast. But it quiets them. It tells them we’ve heard them, we love them, we care what happened to them, we hate it when they hurt. Our love quiets them and lets them know everything will be okay.
And God does this for us infinitely more! Being with Him, in Him, calms us. Just like being near us gives our babies the feeling of safety and security they need, so being before God strips us of our need to worry and fret and be anxious about the things going on in our days. It doesn’t take away the pain of the loss we endured or the disappointment we faced, but we are quieted anyway by the love of a God who knows us, who loves us, and who hates it when we hurt.

I hope today, whoever you are and wherever you are, you are quieted by His love for you.

“The Lord your God in your midst,
The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.”
-Zephaniah 3:17, NKJV

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