One of the wonderful words applied by God to His people is “beloved.” Can you believe it? Dare we believe that God views us as His beloved (see Colossians 3:12 and Ephesians 5:1 for only two illustrations). Life can be so difficult, especially at times, that being aware of our “belovedness” by our Father God can unleash such joy in our hearts…the joy of the Lord which becomes our strength.
God wants His children to know and feel that they are beloved by Him. There is a beautiful security in this which beckons to us. Deuteronomy 33:12 says, “Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in Him, for He shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between His shoulders.” Isn’t that gorgeous?!
Henry Nouwen wrote this to a friend, “All I want to say to you is, ‘You are the Beloved,’ and all I hope is that you can hear these words as spoken to you with all the tenderness and force that love can hold. My only desire is to make these words reverberate in every corner of your being—‘You are the Beloved.’”
Listen to me now. Can you hear this? Will you try to let God convince you of that which your heart trembles to accept? You are the Beloved. Yes…you are His Beloved. God says so! The Bible says so! The Cross of Christ says so! It may be that our faith is never more tested than in accepting this spiritual reality. We feel so undeserving. We are so sinful. Surely God puts up with me because of the Cross. He tolerates me and my unworthiness. But no! That’s not it. That’s not faith enough. My Bible says I am His Beloved! So are you! Dare we think that God views us as His Beloved…that He doesn’t love us only because He has to love us, but that He even likes us?!! This is the only conclusion faith can draw. We are identified Biblically as the Beloved. Being the beloved is our calling. The core truth about us is not our terrible sinfulness…not our gifts…but our belovedness. We are the beloved children of the Great, Good and Gracious God of Heaven. May we live our lives like one of His Beloved! Praise God, that’s what we are! And such status isn’t for us alone, is it? Isn’t He wonderful?