“But by the Grace of God,
I am what I am…”
1 Corinthians 15:10
I keep a list in my journal which I have entitled “I am…” I add to the list as I read God’s word and come across verses that remind me of who “I am” as a child of God. Sometimes during my quiet time, especially when I am feeling less than significant, I turn to the list and read aloud, taking time to grasp the meaning of each phrase as it pertains to my relationship with my Heavenly Father. No circumstance will ever change the way He feels about me. By reminding myself of who I am in Christ, I am encouraged, inspired and energized to begin my day living out the divine purpose for which I was created.
…and so are YOU!
The beauty of the list is that it is not unique to me. Anyone who is a child of God is included in these promises. He cares about EACH of His children the same way. Below are a few items on the list. Read them out loud to yourself as His child, taking time to absorb the significance of each phrase. Before you read each phrase, repeat the words, “I am…” to personalize them to your relationship with your Heavenly Father. These promises capture a glimpse of the essence of how God feels about you, and they are all found in His word.
- Created for a unique and special purpose
- Fearfully and Wonderfully made
- A unique workmanship hand crafted by God
- A precious and treasured possession of my Heavenly Father
- Secure in Him
- A Child of the King of Kings
- Ransomed, Redeemed and Saved by Grace
- Shielded and Protected by God and His Angels
- Bought with a price
- Accepted in His Son
- Surrounded by God
- Engraved upon His hand
- The apple of His eye
- Quieted and Comforted With His Love
- Rejoiced over with joyful singing
- The one in whom God takes Great Delight
- Chosen by the God of the Universe
- Gently Led by God
- Loved Eternally by my Heavenly Father
“See I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;” Isaiah 49:16
“Yet this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
His mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
Great is Your Faithfulness!”
Lamentations 3:21 – 23
Every sunrise serves as a shining ray of hope, reminding God’s children about His inexhaustible supply of love and mercy ~ they are new every morning.
To fully comprehend this continually renewable resource of divine mercy, here are a few ways to define it:
- kindness or help given to people who are in a very bad or desperate situation
- a blessing that is an act of divine favor or compassion
- kind or forgiving treatment of someone who could be treated harshly
- compassionate treatment of those in distress
So if you’re in a desperate situation in need of a “second chance,” be encouraged to know that the Father of mercy compassionately dispenses daily acts of divine favor, and there will never be a shortage of His kindness and forgiveness. As constant as the waves rolling into the seashore, His mercies are new every morning, and they won’t ever come to an end. The situation is never hopeless when you place your hope in the Great Faithfulness of your compassionate and gracious Heavenly Father.
“And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness” Exodus 34:6
“The Lord within her is righteous; He does no wrong. Morning by morning He dispenses his justice, and every new day He does not fail, yet the unrighteous know no shame.” Zephaniah 3:5
Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and nights.
No one said a word to Job,
for they saw that his suffering was too great for words.
Job 2:13 (NLT)
Have you ever seen a friend or loved one suffering so greatly that the situation was too difficult for words? You wish you could do something to help, but there’s noting you can do or say that will make things different or take the terrible pain away? Often when the trouble is so extreme, we don’t know what to do, so we simply do nothing. Yet in the book of Job we find a great example of what to do for a friend who is suffering like this:
Three of Job’s friends heard of all the trouble that had fallen on him. Each traveled from his own country—Eliphaz from Teman, Bildad from Shuhah, Zophar from Naamath—and went together to Job to keep him company and comfort him. When they first caught sight of him, they couldn’t believe what they saw—they hardly recognized him! They cried out in lament, ripped their robes, and dumped dirt on their heads as a sign of their grief. Then they sat with him on the ground. Seven days and nights they sat there without saying a word. They could see how rotten he felt, how deeply he was suffering. Job 2:11-13 (MSG)
When Job’s friends heard of the tragedy that had occurred in his life, they all came together to be with their friend. The distance didn’t matter to them. What mattered was the fact that their dear friend was hurting, and they gathered to keep him company and comfort him. When they finally got to their friend’s side and saw his terrible condition, they were overcome with grief for him, and they wept with him. And even though there was absolutely nothing they could do or say to take away Job’s pain or remove the torment he felt, they simply sat by his side for seven days and nights without saying a word. This was one of those times in life when no words were necessary…just the silent, comforting presence of precious friends.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,
who comforts us in all our troubles,
so that we can comfort those in any trouble
with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
2 Corinthians 1: 3 – 4
I love the Lord because He hears my prayers and answers them.
Because He bends down and listens,
I will pray as long as I breathe!
Psalm 116:1 – 2 TLB
Imagine this scene: “He bends down and listens”…the Creator of the Universe bends down from heaven to hear the prayer you whisper from your lips…the King of Glory stoops down from His throne to incline His ear to your request…your loving Heavenly Father leans down close enough to listen to the words of His precious child….
This awe-inspiring scene is actually our reality. The blessed truth is that your prayer will always reach God’s ear. He knows your unique voice, and He hears each plea, request, and petition. He listens carefully to each prayer of adoration, thanks and supplication. Not only does He hear your prayers, but He also answers them. He doesn’t always answer them exactly how we think they should be answered, but He answers them according to His best for you.
If you are lonely, God is near. If you are discouraged, God is listening. If you are worried, God is attentive to your cares. If you are afraid, God hears your pleas for help. If you are heartbroken, God is leaning close enough to hear your cries.
“I love the Lord because He hears my prayers and answers them…” Because of this amazing truth, “I will pray as long as I breathe!”
“Yet this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”
Lamentations 3: 21 – 24 (NIV)
What an incredible feeling to know that God’s compassions for us never fail…they are new every single morning! So each new day when you see the beautiful sunrise, remind yourself that God’s compassion for you is renewed and refreshed. No matter what happened the day before ~ or in the distant past ~ there’s always a glimmering ray of hope…like a bright and glorious ray of sunshine.
Because of God’s great, immeasurable love for you, He will never forget you nor abandon you. He hasn’t turned His back on you. Even though you might have walked away from Him, He’s right there waiting for your return. His compassions never ever fail.
com·pas·sion: feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering. (dictionary.com)
The Bible is full of stories about God’s compassion for His children. In the aftermath of rebellion and sin – times when the oppression and hardship on His followers were a direct result of their own mistakes — God’s great love and faithfulness to them was constant and never-ending. When they finally called on Him, He was ready to compassionately step in and alleviate their suffering and hardship. “And when they cried out to you again, you heard from heaven, and in your compassion you delivered them time after time.” (Nehemiah 9:28 NIV)
God never changes, and His love for you is no different than His love for His children in the Bible. You are His treasured possession. Day after day, time after time, His compassions for your are continually renewed and never-ending.
“The Lord is good to all; He has compassion on all he has made.” Psalm 145:9
“Who is a God like you,
who pardons sin and forgives the transgression
of the remnant of his inheritance?
You do not stay angry forever
but delight to show mercy.
You will again have compassion on us;
you will tread our sins underfoot
and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.”