Since accepting God’s call to ministry in 2002 I would say that I have live my life devoted to God. However, last night I woke up in the middle of the night and laid in bed praying and thanking God for His goodness in my life. I counted my blessings one by one. Then I began to tell God how devoted I was to Him. Then came my moment of revelation.
God Is Devoted To Me
In fact He is more devoted to me than I will ever be devoted to Him. As I thought through the multitude of His mercies, the long line of His faithfulness to come through for me, the abundant life of blessings He affords me, I realized His deep devotion to me.
What is devotion?
- The American College Dictionary definition is ardent, often selfless affection and dedication. Google search devotion definition and you see that devotion means love, loyalty, or enthusiasm for a person, activity, or cause.
We often think about being devoted to God, but give little attention to the fact that God is devoted to us. I totally understand that when I look at the words devote, devoted, or devotion in the bible. Every time I see a form of the word devote used in Scripture it points to a person devoted to God, called to devotion to God, or occasionally someone devoted to a service to God. But, I can’t find the actual term linked with God being devoted to us. In light of all that, I see God’s devotion to His people all over the pages of Scripture, but God’s devotion to us is found in the words that express the demonstration of that devotion.
Go with me for a moment.
Remember the definition for devotion: ardent, often selfless affection and dedication. Is there any clearer demonstration of that kind of devotion than we see in 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.
But God demonstrates His own love for us in this:
while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Those two verses alone sound like, ardent, selfless, affection and dedication, i.e. devotion.
David Understood God’s Devotion
I can’t help but think about Psalm 139 when David writing pictures God’s devotion to him. He says that God knows the details of his every movement and thought, even understanding the intentions of his heart. He talks about God’s protection and nearness to him in every possible place or time of his life. David recognized God’s devotion to him from the moment of his conception in his mother’s womb to the final moment of his earthly life. And probably one of my favorite verses about God’s devotion is Psalm 139:17-18.
How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them!
If I should count them they would be more than the sand.
God’s devotion is to such a degree that His thoughts are consumed with us.
What a beautiful picture. When I think about this, if I believe that God thinks of me to that degree, I know that my level of devotion to God is, at its best, lacking. The truth is God’s devotion to us is abundantly more than our devotion to Him will ever be.
But even in that we see His devotion, His ardent selfless affection and dedication to love us with an everlasting love, a love that nothing and no one can separate us from. God’s devotion is based on a supernatural, covenantal love that exceeds all human commitments and gives us a depth of security not found in human relationships.
This week let God’s devotion to you be at the forefront of your mind. Embrace it and bask in it. Rejoice and live thankful for the unwavering devotion that our God has for us. If you have a hard time wrapping your heart and mind around God’s devotion for you, maybe you should go back and read my blog post, The Value Question: Do I Really Matter.