We can always use a blast of God’s declaration of “steadfast love” on us. And what a blast we got as we contemplated being loved as declared by Jehovah Jireh, our provider. Henry Nouwen said it well:
When Jesus was baptized in the Jordan, he heard a voice from heaven saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17). These words revealed the true identity of Jesus as the beloved. Jesus truly heard that voice, and all of his thoughts, words, and actions came forth from his deep knowledge that he was infinitely loved by God. Jesus lived his life from that inner place of love. Although human rejections, jealousies, resentments, and hatred did hurt him deeply, he remained anchored in the love of the Father.
As those words “beloved” are spoken over us, may we grow in knowledge and power that comes with it.
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