Scripture: verse 30
Don’t cause grief to God’s Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit), for He has stamped you as His property until the day of final redemption.
Observation: We tend to thing of our relationship with God as something we have to do well at: if we please God, He will keep us. We have to spend all of our time watching ourselves and looking over our shoulders, afraid of screwing up.
But that’s not the case. God has claimed us as His. With the exception of refusing His offer, nothing we can do cancels His claim. He’s already made that decision.
And in making that decision, He gave us the power to make Him sad. My mom has repeatedly pointed out how incredible that is – that the Maker of the Universe would make Himself vulnerable to us. But He did. Because He loves us.
Our job isn’t to work to please Him. It’s to smile up at Him, so that our DaddyGod smiles back.
Application: Smile, I guess. Praise God for who He is, and thank Him for what He does. And love others, because He loves them too.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, help me to see your love as a real thing in my life, so that I remember to smile up at you instead of worrying all the time. Amen.