S&L Devos: Jesus Loves Me

Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to Him belong. They are weak, but He is strong.
Yes, Jesus loves me.
Yes, Jesus loves me.
Yes, Jesus loves me. The Bible tells me so.

Anna Bartlett Warner

Easily one of my daughter’s favorite bedtime songs, she practically screams, “Jesus loves me!” She gets so excited when I ask what she wants to sing before we go to sleep.  We do the hand motions I learned in Wee Worship back when I was a kid, and we sing it through at least twice every time.  Then she laughs that contagious laugh of hers.

It’s one of those songs you know by heart as a kid and never leaves you. It’s also one of those songs with lyrics that we take for granted because we’ve heard them so many times.  But if we really speak the lyrics out, they take on a pretty epic truth.  Jesus loves me… I know it because He told me so in the Bible.  His children belong to Him.  Even though we’re weak, He is strong. Despite that weakness, He loves me.  Yes, Jesus loves me.  The Bible tells me so.

I’ve been struggling, as I know many of you have, with feeling overwhelmed and powerless.  Changes happen, opportunities are presented, and I say yes because I believe it’s the right direction or because it sounds like fun or because I know it matters. I’m in a season where most of these changes are good, with a couple of horribly bad ones sprinkled in, but even amidst all the good I find myself feeling out of control at times and powerless to bring things to a halt so I can get my bearings.  My to do lists aren’t checked off.  My responses are short.  I respond with, “I’m tired,” many times to “How are you?”

In seasons of good and bad, it’s the desire of my heart to respond with joy, not anxiety.  Yet, here I am struggling some days to even take the time to speak with God, much less stop and listen to what He has to say.  Thankfully, the Bible tells us Jesus loves us.  It also tells us so much more!  In 2 Corinthians, Paul writes to the church in Corinth about God’s promise to him saying, “But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.'”

There are so many stories of weakness in the Bible to learn from.  One of the most prominent to my mind is Gideon.  He asked for sign after sign after sign to prove that God was truly with him. He was weak, and he admitted to being “the least in [his] family”. Then there’s Moses who was convinced that God didn’t really want him to be the one to deliver the Israelites out of Egypt because he had a speech impediment. Story after story like these showcase people in hardship, with weaknesses, fully human and God delivering them, loving them, caring for them because they were His children.

Then there’s me. Weak, insecure, fearful and undeserving. And there’s you, wherever you are in life. Here’s the truth, friends.  Jesus loves me, and Jesus loves you!  No strings attached.  He just does.  He loves us in our brokenness and in our need for Him.  He loves us when we are overwhelmed, and He wants to give us rest.  He said in Matthew, “Come to me, all you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”

I was talking with a friend yesterday about how life is overwhelming and she just felt defeated. Been there. Amen? We came away from the conversation acknowledging that we all have days, sometimes weeks and months, like that, but we have to remind ourselves that no matter what happens throughout the day, it’s our response to those events that matters.  Another friend of mine has determined that she’ll find that happy balance between busy and rest when she gets to heaven and probably not before.

I don’t know about you, but I want my response to whatever my circumstances are to be joy because I know I’m loved and the rest of it doesn’t matter in light of that.  That’s a hard place to get to, and a hard balance to strike.  It’s another one of those take up your cross daily struggles, but at least we know that in spite of fears, weaknesses, faults and failures, we can always come home to this truth:

Jesus loves me, this I know.

Jesus Loves Me Devo

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