Exodus 20:3 – You shall have no other gods before me. (NIV)
John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (NIV)
When we moved, I found a trail near our new home. I often saw people walking on that trail. Some would walk alone, some with friends, and some with their children. Parents usually walk patiently and slowly while holding on to their children. I had thought to myself, "What if the children were to let go of their parents and hold the hand of a stranger instead, without paying attention to the existence of their parents?" How would the parents react to such a heart-breaking action? The world would seem to end before their eyes.
This would be the same with our heavenly Father, who created us to be His, when He sees us worshipping other gods, asking guidance from fortune tellers, mocking His words and denying His existence, while He loves us beyond our imagination — to the point that He sent his only Son to die on the cross for our salvation.
I sometimes think of the great patience that our heavenly Father possesses. He continues to give us the chance to go back to Him. With my human weakness and zealous attitude for God, I want to destroy those who reject Him. However, I realize that He is holding out His hands and giving everyone a chance to come back to Him, to walk with Him, and to be in His presence forever. This shows His unconditional and amazing love for us. We can only praise His holy name.
Prayer: Our heavenly Father, we express our gratitude and thanksgiving with our worship and prayer at the foot of Your throne. It is a privilege and an honour to walk with You. Your love for us is beyond our imagination. When we were lost in sin, we were in torment, but walking with You gives us the ultimate comfort, sheltering us from our enemies. Lord, have mercy on Your children. Open our spiritual eyes so that we may see You and know that You are the true God to be worshipped. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.