Gail Rodgers Sharing the Journey

The Names of God Part 12 - Jehovah-Ahavah

The LORD of Love. Take a few minutes today to recall the faithfulness of the Lord to you as you look back on your life.

Where are the places you could feel Him and see Him at work? Where were the places when He seemed absent yet with hindsight you found He was there all along?  God is faithful; He will be faithful and He calls us to trust His love and faithfulness today.

  • The LORD, the Compassionate and Gracious God, Slow to anger, Abounding in Love and Faithfulness, Maintaining love to thousands, Forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin, Yet He does not leave the guilty unpunished. Isaiah 63:9, Ex 34:6, 7
  • His love reaches to the heavens, His faithfulness reaches to the skies, His righteousness is like the mighty mountains. Ps 36:5-6
  • He is Faithful to all His promises and Loving toward all He has made, He is near to all who call upon Him. Ps 145:13;  Ps 145:18

prayer & reflection

Father in Heaven,

Today I am reminded of how compassionate and gracious You are toward me.  I need that reminder, Lord, as sometimes I forget that You are loving toward me. Sometimes I allow my busy days to distance me from that awareness of You.

Today I rest in Your love. I recall how Your word says You abound in love and faithfulness toward me. You maintain Your love to me. What a great picture as I go into my day… You offering me baskets overflowing with Your love and faithfulness. You will hold my hand and walk me through the ups and downs of this day that lies before me. What a promise! Thank you Lord. Help me to keep that picture in my mind as I go. It is so easy for me to forget that Your amazing love and faithfulness to me goes with me every step of my day.

Thank you that You are slow to anger, forgiving my rebellion and sin and yet You maintain justice in the process as well. Show me any place where I lean toward a rebellious heart today, Lord. Soften me and help me to allow Your grace to flow over me and Your strength to build me up in my inner being. It is a choice Lord, and today I say “yes” to You as you soften the putty of my heart so that Your imprint can be greater as I deal with those in my world today.

Your love reaches to the heavens! Your faithfulness reaches to the skies! Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains! You are near to all who call on You. Why would I ever want to take a step outside of that sheltering faithfulness? Today, when I am tempted to run ahead in my own understanding, help me to recall this wonderful abundance that You offer. May my mind, body and spirit be steeped in a greater awareness of Your overflowing love and faithfulness today.  May I expect to experience them in greater measure as I say “yes” to Your Holy Spirit filling me with all that You are today.

In the strong name of Jesus I pray, amen.