Does Jesus ever tire of me?
I think not . . . but there are moments that I tire of myself and do wonder,“Will I ever learn?”
I laughed when I first saw this featured image on FB this morning but it also caused me to think about this incredible, healing journey that I have been on for the past 40+ years.
I accepted Christ in my life when I was fourteen years old and I’ve been journalling ever since. These days, I often grab a chai tea, a handful of old journals, head to my swing by the water and read through my thoughts and feelings of four decades.
It’s been an ever-unfolding journey from brokenness to restoration . . .
. . . and God has never given up on me.
The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness (Exodus 34.6) has not given up on me.
He keeps His covenant of love. (1 Kings 8.23) (Nehemiah 1.5)
He has demonstrated His love when He died for me. (Romans 5.6-11)
He is a God, Who is rich in mercy. (Ephesians 2.4,5) (Luke 1.76-79) (Daniel 9.18,19) (Daniel 9.9)
He has lavished great love on me. (1 John 3.1,2)
He is a refuge, a stronghold in times of trouble, a shelter. (Psalm 9.9,10) (Psalm 55.4-8)
He is a God of hope that has filled me will all joy and peace. (Romans 15.13)
He cares for me. (Nahum 1.7)
He gives me strength. (Daniel 10.19) (Acts 3.16) (Isaiah 41.9,10) (Isaiah 40.29-31)
He is my salvation and my defence. (Isaiah 12. 2,3)
His love is unfailing. (Psalm 143.8)
He covers me with His wings and I rest in the shadow of the Almighty. (Psalm 91)
He is the sun of righteousness. (Malachi 4.2,3)
He is powerful. (1 Corinthians 2.4,5) (1 Chronicles 29.12)
He has made my lot secure and made known to me the path of life. (Psalm 16)
He is my hiding place. (Psalm 32.7)
He comforts me. (Psalm 23.4) (2 Corinthians 1.3-7)
His promise preservers my life. (Psalm 119.49.50)
He is trustworthy. (Psalm 25)
He answers my prayers and delivers me from my fears. (Psalm 34.4,5)
He sets me free. (Romans 6.20-23) (John 8.32,36)
He redeems and forgives sin. (Ephesians 1.6,7)
He forgives the guilt of my sin and surrounds me with songs of deliverance. (Psalm 32.3-7)
He is faithful. (1 John 1.7-9) (1 Thessalonians 5.23,24) (2 Thessalonians 3.3)
He is close to the brokenhearted (me) and saves those who are crushed in spirit. (me) Psalm 34.18
He is filled with compassion. (Mark 1.41)
He restores me, makes me strong, firm and steadfast. (Mark 3.5) (1 Peter 5.10) (Joel 2.25)
He weeps for me. (John 11.33,34)
He takes great delight in me, He quiets me with his love. (Zephaniah 3.17)
He guides me in His truth and teaches me. (Psalm 25.5)
He speaks truth. He declares what is right. (Isaiah 45.19)
He is the way and the truth and the life. (John 14.6)
He is the Spirit of truth. (John 16.13.15) (John 17.17)
His love for me is wide and long and high and deep. (Ephesians 3.18)
He gives peace. (John 14.27)
He has lifted me out of the depth. He has healed me. (Psalm 30.1,2)
He has anointed me. (Isaiah 61)
He has done great things for me. (Psalm 126.3)
He has reconciled me to Himself. (2 Corinthians 5.18)
He has raised me up. (Ephesians 2.6)
He has armoured (equipped) me. (Ephesians 6.11.17)
He is merciful. He knows my way. HE is my portion in the land of the living. (Psalm 142)
He satisfies me. (Luke 6.21)
He is with me. (Isaiah 43.2,3) (Zephaniah 3.17)
He forgives me. (Matthew 18.21-25) (Isaiah 44.22) (Colossians 3.13)
He provides for me. (Matthew 6.11)
He cleanses my conscience. (Hebrews 9.14,15)
He makes me alive. (Colossians 2.13-15) (Romans 6.6-14)
He set me free from sin. (Romans 6.22,23)
He enriches me in every way. He will keep me strong to the end. (1 Corinthians 1.5-9)
He grants me the desires of my heart and welcomes me with rich and eternal blessings. He gives me victories and bestows splendour and majesty on me. (Psalm 21.1-7)
He gives me a hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29.11)
He who began a good work in me will carry it to completion. (Philippians 1.6)
He reached down from on high and took hold of me, he drew me out of deep waters. (2 Samuel 22.17)
He will lift me up in due time. (1 Peter 5.6,7)
He has given me new birth into a living hope through His resurrection. (1 Peter.13)
He is patient with me. (2 Peter 3.8,9)
He makes me stand firm in Christ. (2 Corinthians 1.21,22)
His grace is sufficient for me. (2 Corinthians 12.9) (Romans 5.17)
He is kind to me. (Titus 3.3-6)
He has taken me to the banquet hall and His banner over me is love. (Song of Solomon 2.4)
He knit me together in my mother’s womb. (Psalm 139.13,14)
He is good to me. (Psalm 116.7-9) (Jeremiah 33.10,11) (Psalm 119.67,68)
He treads me sin underfoot and hurls all my iniquities into the depth of the seas. (Micah 7.18,19)
He is my shield. He helps me. (Psalm 28.6,7)
I was deeply moved when I read Deuteronomy 4.29 recently.
But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul.
“There” is wherever you are, wherever you have been, wherever you will be. No matter how hopeless it FEELS, the truth remains that God has always loved you and He loves you now with an unfailing love. He will not forsake you and He has promised that He Himself will restore you and bring to completion what He has started in you.