“I will take you as My own people,
and I will be your God”
In almost 50 passages throughout Scripture God says the same thing in similar words. The final instance is in The Revelation of John at the end of the Bible,
- “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God” (Revelation 21:3)
In all these verses and their contexts God makes it quite clear to us that His great desire is this
- He wants a people to love and to bless
- He wants a people who will let Him love and bless them
- He wants a people who will love and bless Him in return
God’s desire to love and bless comes out clearly throughout Scripture as well. For example,
- “The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing” (Zephaniah 3:17)
- “I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good to them, and I will inspire them to fear me, so that they will never turn away from me. I will rejoice in doing them good” (Jeremiah 32:40-41)
- “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16)
Before He brought humankind into existence our Lord had already made the heavens and the earth, in all their variety and glory – and He Himself had planted a garden specifically for His first people. It is revealed as a place of beauty and abundance – a place in which they too could delight, and a model for God’s intention for the rest of the earth – if not further afield as well.
Apart from anything else God reminds us in this that we are not merely a hotchpotch of individuals caught up in the jumble of history’s passing years. We are instead shown to be a part of His magnificent plan and purpose, and the outworking of His heart’s desire.
We are an integral part of His desire and plan – one that will be completed and fulfilled just as He intends. It is beyond anything that we could imagine or wish for ourselves because our vision is so terribly limited.
- “However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9)
I am special and a beloved part of God’s eternal purpose and plan
Lord God thank You that I am your beloved child and a part of Your present and eternal plan. Help me to trust in You and Your unfailing love and power and fill me with Your life and Spirit. Amen.