God Lavishes His Love

His Love, His Strength – Our Smallness

“The Lord did not choose you and lavish his love on you because you were larger or greater than other nations, for you were the smallest of the nations!  It was simply because the Lord loves you, and because he was keeping the oath he had sworn to your ancestors.”
(Deuteronomy 7:7-8).

Welcome back to Faithfulness Friday.

I missed you last Friday!  How was your Valentine’s Day?

Hubs and I took a trip for Valentine’s weekend, part of which included taking in the World War II Museum in New Orleans (a must-see).  New Orleans served us, along with loads of Mardi Gras fans (not a fan myself), some yummy new-to-me healthy salad concoctions (that I could go on and on about), delicious Red Fish dishes, and all things sea food (not a fan of that, either).

Hubs discovered flame-grilled oysters.  He definitely plans to have repeats of those!  Have you tried them?

It’s taken all week to get back in the groove again.  Boy, 4-day travel can really set you back.  Who knew?  I’m not talking money here . . . I’m talking normalcy . . . regular pace of life again.  How do you recoup and get back to your normal schedule?  Whew!

My advice is to pace yourself.  Give yourself grace (like I did).  Remember the blessings of the trip, and give the Lord THAT glory and praise.  What a wonderful gift God gives us to get away and experience new adventures!  🙂

And now, we must move onward . . .

Today, let’s read Deuteronomy, Chapter 7.

This chapter has a beautiful way of starting with how God plans things to occur for His people when they reach the promised land.  Their movements, their successes (His successes for them). What a comfort!  Imagine the Lord telling us each morning exactly how things would go for us that day.  Isn’t that something we all wish for?

God's Lavishing Love

“The Lord did not choose you and lavish his love on you because you were larger or greater than other nations, for you were the smallest of the nations!  It was simply because the Lord loves you, and because he was keeping the oath he had sworn to your ancestors.”
(Deuteronomy 7:7-8).

These verses say God didn’t select the Israelite nation as His chosen people because of their greatness but simply because He made an oath to their ancestors.  Namely Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  And because God loved them.

Scripture makes it clear that while Israel was a rebellious nation, God chose them and loved them.  Twice in chapter 7 God repeated the fact that Israel was smaller than any nation God would conquer for them.  Why would the Lord choose to love a nation so small, militarily weak, so rebellious and weak-willed, so lacking in self-discipline and trust of Him?

God’s plan was to reveal His faithfulness, His glory when His nation couldn’t win on their own strength.  They were weak, yet, He is strong!

Paul learned this principle from Jesus and repeated Jesus’s quote in one of his letters to the Christians at Corinth.

My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.  (2 Corinthians 12:9).

The Lord’s power is made perfect in our weakness.  Just as Israel was small and insufficient in many aspects, we are also weak, small, and insufficient.  God accomplishes much in us and through us.  He is BIG.  We are not.

When thinking of us as God’s children, the word insignificant comes to mind.  Because compared to the Lord, we are insignificant.  Although, to Him, He sees us differently than the world sees us.  We are significant in His loving eyes.

God Lavishes His Love

As Christians, our desire should be to glorify God, magnify Him, minimize ourselves while we share Jesus with the world.

On social media platforms, many people put themselves on stage through perfectly curated postings.  Seeking significance.  Magnification.  Acclaim.  And, wow(!), self-worship appears in Webster’s definition of magnification.

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If we elevate self, then aren’t we taking God’s place?  Conversely, if we reveal our weakness, our insufficiency, doesn’t that show off God’s strength at the end of our story?  Can we show the truth in our situation (whatever that is), even if things look ugly at first glance by others?

I’m asking this of myself, too.  Why are we (am I) so afraid to show our realities of life?  God could get the glory for His faithfulness.   He is faithful to give us victory in the battles of life.  While we simply endure the tough season, He strengthens us to endure the wait while He does the winning for us.

In light of our smallness, does it comfort you to have our faithful, strong, and mighty Lord in control of things?

Because He lives~

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