“How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!” Psalm 139:17 (NIV)
Ever wonder what’s on God’s mind when He thinks about you? Any loving parent gets this passage in today’s Lectio Divina and can relate when they hold their newborn for the first time. Your thoughts toward that child are precious and beyond description. Have they done anything to merit such recognition? No. In fact, they’ve brought considerable physical pain and expense. Yet, despite labor, delivery and costs, your thoughts toward your child are precious.
Would our heavenly Father be any different? Would He love His children any less? Why then is it so difficult to think His thoughts toward us are precious? As you read the passage out loud, welcome the Holy Spirit to guide you into the truth of what God thinks about you.
Read it out loud again and ask yourself what in this verse speaks to you. Give God time to make His thoughts known to you. The Bible says that His thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are not our ways. As we grow older, we too often base our acceptance on performance. God accepts us as we are, warts and all! His love is never conditioned by our performance. We can’t earn it nor do we deserve it. God’s love is unconditional. He loves us just as we are yet He loves us too much to leave us that way. That’s why Jesus came, to demonstrate God’s love and provide the means by which we may have a personal relationship with God.
As you read the passage again, let the truth really sink in. Filter out the negative ideas you may have believed God was thinking and replace it with the truth of what He says. Take heart that you are loved and God’s thoughts toward you are precious.