Abounding in Love

Day 22 of the 28-Day #LoveChallenge

abounding in love

You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you. Psalm 86:5

Yesterday’s #LoveChallenge post on Love and Faithfulness United drew from a common theme found in my Scripture reading for that day: persevere in doing the will of God to receive the promises of God.

Likewise, today’s reading plan brought another central theme to bear on my mind and heart – a question really – “What do you want the Lord to do for you?”

what do you want me to do for youI saw it first in the story of the blind man in Luke, chapter 18, to whom Jesus said, “What do you want me to do for you?” “Lord, I want to see,” he replied” (v41).

Then came the nearly identical question posed to Caleb by his daughter: When she got off her donkey, Caleb asked her, “What can I do for you?” (Joshua 15:18.)

What do I want the Lord to do for me?

What do you want him to do for you?

It’s a simple question. It made me think, what do I really want or need? And as I thought about it one thing stood out: joy. I want to be filled with more joy. I want the joy of being in God’s presence no matter what.

Then, wouldn’t you know it, I also read Psalm 86 today and the first half a dozen verses really stood out for me, especially verse 4:

Bring joy to your servant, Lord, for I put my trust in you.

Verse 5, follows: “You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.”

“What do you want me to do for you, Greg?”

“Lord,” I replied, “I call to  you who are forgiving and good, abounding in love – bring joy to your servant, for I put my trust in you.”

That is my personal #LoveChallenge for today. It’s to believe in the abounding love of our Lord to all who call on him he asks, “What can I do for you?”

Like the poor and needy, and the blind man everyone wanted to just shush up and see go away, Jesus asks, “What can I do for  you?”

Call on him. He is forgiving and good, abounding in love; he wants to hear from you, he wants to hear you say it. He’s not too busy. He has nothing more important to do. He’s abounding in love – for you – yes you!

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