Friday, April 18, 2014

He Is Not A Needy God




I entered the prayer gathering feeling dry and empty. I had nothing to offer God and I was convinced that He must be at least a little bit disappointed in me. But it was a prayer gathering so I did what I knew how to do, I began to say words of worship that I did not really feel.

God interrupted me with these words,

“I don’t need anything from you at all.”

I sat there and tried to believe those words. What?

Don’t you need my worship?    No.

Don’t you need my sacrifice?    No.

Don’t you need me to love you back?    No. 

His love for me is not based on what I can give Him.

I picture a little toddler girl who loves a useless rag doll. Her eyes light up when she sees it and she grabs it up and cuddles it. The doll does absolutely nothing to deserve such huge love. It doesn’t even love the girl back; it is just there.

Can you believe that God loves you like that?
Are you trying to earn His love?
Let me tell you that He already loves you. He would gladly trade all of your hours of working for Him into quality time just being with Him.

It’s like being involved in a one-sided love affair. When I stop and consider how much God loves me, and realize that my love for Him is so tiny and full of conditions; it feels like He is definitely not going to receive as much as He is giving.  The amazing part is that He is not even surprised or upset about the unequal relationship we have. If God is surprised or upset about anything, it would be why His kids have such a difficult time believing that His love is total and requires nothing from us.

When God thinks of you, He smiles. He loves you just because you breathe. 

When God spoke to me about not needing anything from me, it did not cause me to walk away from that prayer time with an attitude of cockiness or pride. His words completely melted me into tears of gratefulness and desire to give Him more of myself. God’s huge love is a very humbling thing to accept. But that is all He is asking us to do. Just accept His love. Accept it in all of its completeness and joy. It is time for us to learn to enjoy this amazing love affair!

Dear friend, maybe just now, as you finish this blog post, it is the perfect moment to take this in and believe the words you have read. Take a deep breath. Let yourself relax into your chair. You are loved. Right now in this instant, you are loved and adored by God. There is no “To Do” list in His hand. He is thrilled with who you are today and tomorrow and yesterday. He is not a needy God. He is not waiting for you to get it right. He is enthralled with the “you” that you are in this moment. 

Thank you Father that I do not have to earn your love. That you were pleased with me before my foot touched the floor today. I want to walk this day full of the knowledge that I am your Beloved. Just because I breathe.
Amen
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16 comments:

  1. "I am Your beloved...just because I breathe." Wow! Those 8 words spoke volumes to me just now. Thank you for this. God loves me just as I am...I don't have to earn His love or grace. It's there for the taking...free and complete. That's what Christ did for us on Calvary...He paid the price for us so that we could belong to God without having to do anything except accept the free gift of His love. What a powerful message. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you Pamela. I remember this moment like it was yesterday even though it was years ago. I have to keep put it in front of me as a reminder, and figured maybe others would need the reminder also.

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  2. God does not need anything. But God does offer us all kinds of opportunities in our neediness.

    Easter blessings and Bear hugs, Susie!

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    1. Yes He certainly does Rob-bear. Thanks for coming by, bear hugs back to you! Hope your weekend is lovely.

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    1. Thanks for coming by Peter, I am planning to browse around your interesting blog later today. Happy Easter!

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  4. Well I am glad He does not keep a To Do List cuz it would be HUGE! lol. LOve you...and your heart for Him.

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    1. Haha! Yah, THAT would be a crazy long list! Happy Easter dear blog-sis.

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  5. This is such a good reminder Susie, and one I need to remember often.

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    1. Yes we all do, Julie. Don't know why the striving/working for God's approval is such an easy default for us. Btw this post is a good representation of what my book will be like. Actually this IS a section of it. But I am stuck lately. Too few words and stories...not sure how to use them if they do not add up enough for a book. Ideas?

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  6. I'm living in one of those seasons where I have to tell myself something is true even when I feel completely the opposite. I didn't make it up in time for church today (Easter Sunday) and I just feel like God's done with me. But I know that feelings are not always true, and I'm trying to cling to the reality of God's unconditional love. So glad to have discovered your blog.

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    1. Hi miapurdin, I'm so glad you found it too! I am beginning to wonder if ANYONE doesn't have those seasons. For most of us the default is that God must be unhappy with us....and it is completely untrue. That's where faith comes in right? Faith is trusting that a thing is true even when it may not feel like it. And in case you are still wondering...God is SO not done with you!! :)
      I looked around your blog and loved it. I am glad you found me so I could find you!
      Susie

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  7. Thank you for sharing what you heard in prayer, that God does not need anything from you, or from us. Yes, sometimes I have a dry period too, and it can be hard to pray in a group in a scheduled manner. This is a beautiful message in this post.

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  8. Beautiful as always Suzie. Words and thoughts to ponder. xx

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    1. Hi Lisa, thanks. I enjoyed your Easter post also, about how we all have crosses to bear. Good observation.

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