But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9
There is nothing more powerful than belonging.
Having a place, group of people, or purpose to which you belong can bring light into even the darkest moments of our lives.
Scripture reminds us that as believers we are God’s – we belong to Him now and for eternity. There is nothing more powerful than that.
Take a moment to reflect on how belonging to God has changed your life in these three ways:
- Belonging to God gives us confidence
During life’s worst moments – and even at OUR worst – God won’t ever let you go, and there’s nothing you or anyone can do to change that. As it says in Romans 8:38-39 ‘nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God’.
- Belonging to God bring us comfort
Even if you’re alone, God is there. There is nowhere we can go where God isn’t (and in Deuteronomy 31:8 we are told He even goes before us). God is always present in our lives because we belong to Him. What an amazing comfort during times of loneliness, isolation, and solitude.
- Belonging to God makes us thankful
There is nothing we could ever do to earn God’s love; we are His only because He has chosen us. And, even despite our mistakes or current circumstance He has given and wants to continue giving us good things (Romans 8:28). No wonder 1 Thessalonians 5:16 encourages us to ‘Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances.’
Lord, give me the confidence, comfort and thankfulness that comes from belonging to You today.
P.S. You can help build belonging for Australians doing it tough. If you’re able, please support ADRA’s work in our local communities. Donate online at adra.org.au/donate or call 1800 242 372