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Thought for the Week: Luke 1:78-79

by admin on February 5, 2012 in Thought for the Week with No Comments

“Because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace” (Luke 1:78-79).

I was reading Becoming More Than A Good Bible Study Girl by Lysa Terkeurst, and I went breathless at Luke 1:78-79. It is part of Zechariah’s prophecy about why John the Baptist will spend his life preparing a way for Jesus.  In Lysa’s book, it is a demonstration of how God can fill the gaps in our hearts that are left by another.  For me, it was the phrase “tender mercy.”  The fact that God tenderly embraces the broken and wounded.  His light isn’t shining on only those who already know Him, but also on those who are “living in darkness and in the shadow of death.”  He died for us when we were yet sinners.  He loves us as we are.  That is why John spent his life as a messenger for Christ.  That is why Lysa is warmed and filled by God like she is by no other.  And that is why I nearly cried when I came to this verse.

You also, friend, are loved as you are.  You are fully known and loved anyway.  God so tenderly reaches for you.  He brings light into the darkness of your world and intends to warm you and guide you with His rays of hope and righteousness, bringing you peace.  He is longing for you.  Not accidentally, not anonymously, but specifically and purposefully, He is longing for a relationship with you.

Lord, sometimes I feel like I am not enough.  I don’t measure up.  I’m lost and empty.  Sometimes I even blame You for that.  But when I let Your light shine on my darkness, I remember that You are so merciful.  You are the One Who gives me value and purpose.  You are the One Who fulfills me and defines me.  Forgive me for constantly forgetting that.  Draw me close to You, my precious Lord.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

By Lindsay

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