“The LORD will work out his plans for my life— for your faithful love, O LORD, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me.” Psalm 138:8 NLT
This verse contains one of my favorite words in the Hebrew language, Hesed. It is the essence of the love described in I Corinthians 13--the Love chapter. I love that it's in this particular verse because it is His lovingkindness--His Hesed--that reassures me that God's dreams are worth pursuing, because He is the one who will work it all out.
The cry of the psalmist is honest. Sometimes, as we move forward into the planning stages for the dreams God has given us, it suddenly becomes obvious that God only does God-sized things. Without Him doing it, it won't get done. We get the joy of joining Him in it, but make no mistake: only God does miracles.
He created us to join Him in the miracles He does, no less than He made Peter bold enough to ask to walk on water with Him. Something strange happens then...we realize we've stepped into something much bigger than we can do--and it's scary. That's when Jesus grabs us, pulling us out of the wind and waves that scared us and chuckles, "Why did you doubt?" His tender mercies could never let us drown. He made us for this.
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