Loved by God

Bible Reading: Psalms 8

We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of his will for us and the power to carry it out.

We develop our self-perception by noticing how the important people in our lives see us. If we grew up in a dysfunctional family, their skewed view of us probably warped our ability to see ourselves as we truly are in God's eyes.

King David was amazed at the place God has made for us in his plan. He said, "What are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them? Yet you made them only a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor. You gave them charge of everything you made, putting all things under their authority" (Psalm ­8:4-6). "How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can't even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!" (Psalm 139:17-18). The greatest demonstration of how precious we are in God's sight is that Jesus gave his life for us.

God wants us to realize how precious we are to him and to begin to see ourselves in the light of his love. Consider this: If we were worth God's giving up the most precious thing he had (his only Son), what does that say about our value?

It is overwhelming when we begin to realize how much God really loves us. 

 

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Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.