September 9th – Arise, My Favored

I Am, and change not. Before time I knew you, your frame in all its weakness known. My presence with you to be, from long past, even today. The pains also known, and the calling of the Father eternal to your ear. In the response of faith you honor He who sacrificed, that in death and weakness you would be made new. Stand strong against doubt and against sins long past, forgotten by My will. You are more than before, strengthened with My hand that you would do great work in your day. Unable before, but with might renewed, a conqueror over the weakness of flesh, borne now of Spirit and life. Suffering and trial continue, but defeat does not. [You are] redeemed by My blood, and strengthened with My Spirit. Good comes from what was detestable, power from weakness, endurance from the invalid. Arise in My strength. Bring to the cross the sin, that it might be swallowed up in forgiveness. My mercy for My children is everlasting, good to those who call on Me. Do not stare at the pit; it is not for My beloved. Seek the Truth, that you would know your great favor of He who loves you.

Psalm 100:3-5 (ESV) – Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name. For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.

Bottom Line: In the workplace we are constantly being reviewed for our performance. Often our pay and position change, based on the strengths and weaknesses that show up on our evaluations. Hopefully they get better over time; sometimes they don’t. God knows us inside and out, our strengths and weaknesses were known long before we came to be. Even with the full knowledge of who would be, He decided in His great love to rescue us, and make us His own. He loves when we perform well, but He loves us just the same when we are struggling. Either way, we are His. You are His. You are favored.

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