Our Daily Bread: Waiting to Cheer
- READ: Ephesians 3:14-21
. . . to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. —Ephesians 3:19
In his very first Little League baseball game, a young player on the team I was coaching got hit in the face with a ball. He was not hurt but was
understandably shaken. For the rest of the season, he was afraid of the
ball. Game after game, he bravely tried, but he just couldn’t seem to
hit the ball.
In our final game, we were hopelessly behind, with nothing to cheer about. Then that young man stepped up to take his turn. Thwack! To everyone’s
surprise, he hit the ball sharply! His teammates went wild; his parents
and his teammates’ parents cheered loudly. Even though we were still
losing the game, I was jumping up and down! We all loved this kid and
cheered him on.
I imagine that the Lord cheers us on in our lives as well. He loves us
deeply and desires that we “may be able to comprehend . . . what is the
width and length and depth and height—to know the love of Christ which
passes knowledge” (Eph. 3:18-19).
Some think of the Lord as unloving and waiting for us to slip up so He can
punish us. So we have the privilege of telling them of His deep love for them. Imagine their joy when they hear about the God who loves them so
much that He sent His only Son to die on the cross for their sin and who wants to cheer them on! —Randy Kilgore
Help us, heavenly Father, to see the many
ways You love and encourage us; then help
us to love and encourage those around
us so that they can see You in us.
The nail-pierced hands of Jesus reveal the love-filled heart of God.