With all the chaos, all the darkness, all the pain going on in this world, there is one thing I want you to know:
God wants to be with you. He desires to connect with you. He's not afraid of your baggage. Will you join me in considering the goodness of His heart?
I wrote this song through tears and heartbreak for people who are disconnected from Jesus. I know what it's like to feel like God is unreachable, and I am passionate about helping people come to places of breakthrough so that they can be closer with the Father.
Let's dive in.
Go to sleep, little baby
Rest your weary head
You've been hurt and mistreated
But I still have love for you
I believe that God knows our hearts more intimately than we do, and that He loves us in the most dark and painful places. I believe that He wants to come and be with us in our struggles, and that He wants us to know that He loves us, even when we're stumbling in sin.
Friends, God's love NEVER runs out.
"For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is His faithful love
toward those who fear Him.
As far as the east is from the west,
so far has He removed
our transgressions from us.
As a father has compassion on his children,
so the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him."
Psalm 103:11-13, HCSB
Think about that! How far is the east from the west? Try to find an answer! They are impossibly far apart; they cannot even touch! That is how far God has removed our sins from us! (That being said, this only applies to people who have surrendered their lives to Him. He won't take our sins away unless we invite Him in and ask Him to do so).
Come to Me, little baby
Come return to My arms
I know you feel you've lost Me
But I still just want your heart
Can I challenge you with a story from the gospel of Luke? I know there's quite a bit here, but please, take a minute, and chew on this scripture with me:
"All the tax collectors and sinners were approaching to listen to Him. And the Pharisees and scribes were complaining, 'This man welcomes sinners and eats with them!'" (Luke 15:1-2, HCSB).
Pause with me here. What do you think our Christian reputation is in our current culture? Are we known for welcoming sinners and eating with them? Or are we known for raising our noses and looking away. I believe, unfortunately we're known for the latter. But that's a whole different blog topic for another time. For now, let's look at the way Jesus responds:
"So He told them this parable: 'What man among you, who has 100 sheep and loses one of them, does not leave the 99 in the open field and go after the lost one until he finds it? When he has found it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders, and coming home, he calls his friends and neighbors together, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, because I have found my lost sheep!' I tell you, in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over 99 righteous people who don't need repentance.'"
Luke 15:3-7, HCSB
Read that last sentence that Jesus said again.
Don't you dare think for one moment that Jesus doesn't care about you.
If you're lost, He will come running after you (see passage above or Luke 15:20-24)!
If you're hurting, He will come near you (Psalm 34:18)!
If you're confused, He will offer you peace (1 Corinthians 14:33)!
If you're tired, He will give you rest (Matthew 11:28-30)!
Friend, God has made every effort to connect with you. Let me say it again, God has made every effort to connect with you, and He will never give up on you. Never.
"Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you..." (James 4:8a, HCSB)
For more on God's desire to be close to us, check out my old blog here.
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