“O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love and with him is plentiful redemption!”
This verse has been echoing in my head. Plentiful Redemption. Such beautiful words. And such incredible meaning. I tend to try to over do it. And I try too hard to prove myself. And due to this I feel defeated and overwhelmed pretty often. Also, I mess up in my mothering, my health, and I get behind at work or in housework. In addition, I choose to say the rude thing and not the kind thing, I snap at the kids, or have attitude with the husband, or forget important things. Furthermore, I don’t extend much grace to myself, honestly. Most of all, I am my harshest critic.
I am so thankful that in Christ, we have steadfast love. It never runs dry, it is refreshing, consistent and true. In the Lord we have plentiful redemption. An abundance of grace overflows over our weary hearts, tired minds and frustrated souls. When we allow him to be God and be all that we need, we are able to overflow in every area of our life, not operate out of an empty cup while wondering where God is. We can allow him to pour his steadfast love over our every part and allow his plentiful redemption to nurse our wounded places.
At this particular moment in time, my brain is running with all sorts of new things God has been teaching me about health, wellness, taking care of myself, sabbath rest, mental focus, reading, planning, etc. There is a refreshing in my heart and mind that I want to share, but for now God is reminding me to first allow him to overwhelm my soul, to allow myself grace in my shortcomings and to extend that to others. Where there has been plentiful redemption given to me, I must extend that to others.
I encourage you to let yourself be loved by the Father who lavishes steadfast love over His children. Let Him love you. In addition, let Him pour into you today. Be a sponge and soak up His truth, His love and his goodness. And allow Him to redeem the broken places. Not everything is fixable in our life. Yet, there is always redemption. God redeems. He loves to do it. We must let Him do so. Also, give Him permission to redeem, to love, to lavish himself on you.
He is our HOPE. Steadfast love + plentiful redemption = HOPE! Therefore, walk in that hope today, friend! Head lifted, eyes open, heart steady. He’s got this. He’s got you. He’s there and always will be. Furthermore,trust in Him and His work. Watch him do what only he can do!