A Thirty Day Devotional adapted from the NEW book: Identity: The Distinctiveness of You – Day 28
See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!
I John 3:1
How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. Psalm 139:17
There is this scripture: “How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of the sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me! (Psalms 139:17, 18 NLT)
It is difficult for us to conceive that God thinks about you and me. That His thoughts toward us outnumber the grains of sand. The God who moves the wind, who brings the spring rain, who blankets the earth with freshly fallen snow and who named every star known and unknown to man also knows every breath you breathe. He knows every detail of your life. There is no need to ever feel insignificant, small, rejected or less-than anyone or anything because the God of the universe loves you with an everlasting love. (See Jeremiah 31:3.)
Pastor Craig Groeschel wrote in his book, Alter Ego, “The way God made you was not by chance or accident. You are divinely inspired, with his divine intention to guide you. Once you begin to grasp who you are—and whose you are—you begin to understand why you’re here and what to do.” You are not an accident!
What has captured your heart? What is your number one priority in life? The answer to that question will tell you what you value most. It will tell you where your heart is at in relation to your search for personal identity. Please remember in this search, your Creator has never given up on you, never rejected you and never has He said that you are too far gone. He created each of us with a purpose, with a destiny and He is longing, He is waiting for the “big reveal party” in each of our lives. What potential does He see in you? Where does He desire to take you? Where has He called you in life? These questions all connect to the identity He has placed within you.
To follow God’s pathway, we must first know Him, know that He is good. We must trust Him and we must identify Him as our Lord and King. He desires nothing between us; nothing to hold us back. However, there is an area, a major area that I often see holding us back: that area is parent wounds.
It is imperative to engage in healing steps from our wounds because nothing affects the present like our past. While we addressed this somewhat earlier in the book, taking it a step deeper will allow us to fully enter into the identity that our heavenly Father has for us. Here’s why: we will most certainly struggle with God as our Father, a parent, if we still struggle with our earthly parents. If we have not forgiven those wounds from our past, they will block our relationships in the present and the future, especially with God as a heavenly Father. Throughout scripture, God uses family language: father, mother, son, daughter and children. He created the family as the basis of every culture on earth. It is this structure that also naturally continues the human race. But all too often, those family relationships can provoke some of our greatest and deepest wounds.
From the book, Transforming the Prodigal Soul, author Scott Prickett writes, “Bad choices are driven by wounded souls. I helped this young woman connect the dots between the hurt arising from abandonment by her father and her use of drugs to mask the pain. We worked backwards…to the lie regarding her worth. In the wound of her father’s abandonment, the lie that she was worthless and unlovable took root. It became her truth, her identity.”
Have you allowed a past hurt to become your reality today? It can be different. In tomorrow’s devotion we will confront this area of our lives.
Question for reflection:
When you read that God thinks about you, what do you hear from Him?
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