A week tainted by unwelcome struggles and unfiltered discord led me to a place I resisted for days. It was my mountainside in a lot of ways—a place to be alone with my Father (Matthew 14:23)—except there were no mountains anywhere. Rather, our secret place was surrounded by white, salty sand and open waters. A place where bare feet sink into wet sand and simple, quiet beauty welcomes a new day.
There's nothing better than calm, gentle waves to temper a fiery spirit within. And it was here, in this place of solitude, where my discord was silenced and I walked away with peace.
The kind of peace only God can give.
“'Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,' says the Lord, who has compassion on you.”
Isaiah 54:10, NIV
There are days when I feel as if mountains are crumbling around me. Then there are these moments by the shore when God draws me so close to him I could care less if the whole world collapses around me.
I care less because God's love is greater.
He fills and sustains me by his love, despite my circumstances. I can't grasp how he does it, but I know in these holy moments with him—his love is enough. I bask in the fullness of his love, remembering he is good. He is faithful, and he will never leave me.
God's love is enough.
And he wants you to know the same today. Whatever your circumstances, his love will sustain you. He will restore your hope. He will give you peace. All you need to do is seek him. Find a quiet place with his Word. Let your guard down, lift up your hands, and enjoy him. Bask in his presence.
Receive his love with open hands.
Join the study this week as we read about God's love. Please click here for the reading guide. Let's begin by reading Monday's verse.
“Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands.” Deuteronomy 7:9, NIV
As you read the verse, consider the following:
According to this verse, how is God faithful?
How is God's love set apart from earthly forms of love?
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