January 22

Psalm 27:6-9

“Do not hide your face from me. Do not turn your servant away in anger, you who have been my help. Do not cast me off, do not forsake me, O God of my salvation!” vs. 9

The psalmist had been basking in the glorious goodness of the Lord and celebrating the wonderful feeling of peace and security. But now another feeling has crept into his prayer. For some reason he’s pleading with the Lord not to be angry with him or forsake him. We wonder if something has happened–if maybe he’s done something wrong. Something has dashed his confidence. We shouldn’t be surprised though, the same thing happens to us. Even though we know that God’s love is unconditional we have a deep fear that we’re going to mess up the relationship and the Lord will turn from us. As humans we’re just plain skeptical about love’s unconditional dimension. We know that, even when we say that we love someone unconditionally, there are still conditions. If we mess up the relationship that person who has declared love for us, and even vowed it before God, is going to say, “Nope, I’ve had enough. I don’t love you anymore. We’re done. The relationship is over.” In our world, things that are unconditional always have conditions. That’s just how it is. But that’s not how it is with God. There is nothing we can say or do that can make God stop loving us! And that has to be the best news ever!

Thought for the Day: What conditions are attached to my unconditional love?

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