Jan Mikael (20 Oct 2010)
"God Delights in His Children" by David Wilkerson"
God Delights in His Children
by David Wilkerson
Most Christians know what the Bible says about God's great
love for his children. Yet even after years of walking
faithfully with Jesus, many have never learned to
appropriate that great love. Sadly, there are dedicated
servants of God who have never enjoyed the glorious
experience and benefits of knowing the Father's love. And
nothing saddens God's heart more.
In my years of ministry I have identified three main
hindrances that keep Christians from entering fully into the
special love our Father has for us.
1. Many Christians don't really believe what God says about
Consider how God described himself to Moses: "The Lord, the
Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant
in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands,
forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin" (Exodus
Here were the primary traits God wanted Moses to know about
him: He is merciful, gracious, longsuffering and forgiving.
We have been taught much about these things. Indeed, from
cover to cover the Bible speaks of how loving and tender our
Father's heart is toward us.
Yet when we're mired in the midst of trials and
tribulations, we often forget what God has said about
himself. If only we would remind ourselves of these truths
about him at such times, our souls would be blessedly
assured. Scripture says of the Lord again and again:
* He is ready to forgive at all times. "For thou, Lord, art
good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all
them that call upon thee" (Psalm 86:5).
* He is patient with us, full of tenderness and mercy.
"Great are thy tender mercies, O Lord" (Psalm 119:156). "His
tender mercies are over all his works" (145:9). "The Lord is
very pitiful, and of tender mercy" (James 5:11).
* He is slow to anger and wrath. "The Lord is merciful and
gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy" (Psalm
103:8). "The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow
to anger, and of great mercy" (145:8). "Turn unto the Lord
your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger,
and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil" (Joel
When we pray, we are to be aware of the kind of image of God
we are taking into his presence.
The Lord wants us to approach him fully convinced that he
loves us. And he wants us to know he is all he says he is.
For this reason, Satan will try to do to us what he did to
Job. He planted in Job's mind a perverted view of the
Father. And Job, in a season of great pain, believed the
lie. He accused the Father, "For now thou numberest my
steps: dost thou not watch over my sin? My transgression is
sealed up in a bag, and thou sewest up mine iniquity" (Job
In other words: "God, you're putting all my sins into a bag
and saving them for judgment against me. They're piling up
day after day. And someday you'll make me face them." This
is the image some have of our heavenly Father today. Deep
down they fear he's waiting for them to fail so he can judge
It is easy to see how perverted such a view of God is. In
truth, God wasn't spying on Job at all. On the contrary, the
Lord was so full of love for his servant that he boasted of
Job before all of heaven and hell. He said to Satan, "Have
you ever seen a man like this one, who loves me so much? My
servant Job is a righteous man, without guile."
Beloved, I urge you to remember this whenever you go into
God's presence with your head down. You may think you've
failed him. But in truth he has been boasting about you. He
tells all the angels, "Behold my servant. Whenever he fails
he reaches out to me. That delights my heart!"
The Father has two kinds of love: a general love for all
sinners and a special love for those in his family.
God has a general love for humankind that seeks to draw
every person to himself. But there is also in God's heart
another kind of love a special love for his children. The
Lord has always had a chosen, special people for himself
upon whom he bestowed his great love. In the Old Testament,
Israel was the sole object of this special love:
"For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God: the Lord
thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto
himself, above all people that are upon the face of the
earth. The Lord did not set his love upon you, nor choose
you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye
were the fewest of all people. But because the Lord loved
you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn
unto your fathers" (Deuteronomy 7:6-8).
God directed these special words to Israel. Today, if you
have been adopted into God's family through Christ, you must
know how special you are to him. You are the recipient of
the Father's special love for his children. And here are his
words to you:
"Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy
nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the
praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his
marvelous light...(you) are now the people of God: which had
not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy" (1 Peter
Beloved, it is important never to revere God's judgments
above his love. In your times of weakness and failure, Satan
will hammer you with every passage of Scripture about God's
wrath against sin. And, of course, God does judge unrepented
sin. But Satan twists verses like the following ones to
inject fear into your mind:
* "Thou [God] art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and
canst not look on iniquity" (Habakkuk 1:13).
* "Who is able to stand before this holy Lord God?" (1
Each of these verses has a context that explains their true
meaning. In each of them God was addressing a rebellious,
hypocritical nation. He was telling Israel, "In your present
state I can't bless you because you refuse to ask me for
forgiveness and mercy."
These harsh verses were never meant for children who are
repentant and covered by Christ's blood. Our Father is
pleased by every child who turns to him in repentance.
2. We often do not rest in the fact that God knows what is
best for us.
There are times when God takes things from us. There are
also times we pray for things we think we need but God
doesn't give them to us. In both cases, "The Lord knoweth
the way of the righteous" (Psalm 1:6). And one day it will
all prove to our benefit and to his kingdom purposes.
The truest satisfaction in life is in doing the perfect will
of God: being in his perfect will, doing his work, living
according to his direction. But our flesh is constantly at
war with us, telling us that only we know what we need to be
fulfilled and happy. The truth is God has never taken
anything from one of his children except for a purpose of
eternal worth. God's best is not something to fear; it is
always what satisfies most in the end. The Lord knows not
only what is best for us but also desires that we have his
If we truly believed this, what rest, peace and joy we would
have. We wouldn't grieve over having to let go of things. We
would realize, "Lord, if you're taking this from me, it must
mean you have something life-giving for me. So, please, give
me the power to say, 'My Father knows best.'"
I ask you: How did Job finally come into a place of rest? He
persuaded himself that God knew what he was doing and that
everything was under his divine control. Job famously said,
"He knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I
shall come forth as gold" (Job 23:10).
Right now you may be wondering, "Will God cut me off if I
fail while I'm waiting for his best? I know I'm not perfect.
Does that mean I'll miss his best for me? What if I do
something wrong? Will all God's promises fail me? Will I
have to settle for something less than his best?"
No, never! I want to give you a wonderful illustration that
God's eternal purposes will not be thwarted by your
weaknesses or failures. If your heart is right before God
if you keep returning to him and seeking him nothing can
ever change his plans for you.
Consider God's merciful
dealings with Ephraim, who
had shamed the Lord.
"I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn"
(Jeremiah 31:9). Ephraim was the largest tribe of Israel and
the people closest to God's heart. The Lord had an eternal
plan for this blessed tribe but Ephraim kept backsliding and
grieving him. These people sinned against more light and
grace than any others in Israel.
So did the Lord abandon sinful Ephraim? Just the opposite:
God said Ephraim was to be a free and ransomed people. They
would live among fatness, indicating God's greatest
blessings. What was it that God saw in Ephraim? They had a
repentant heart meaning, a shame for sin and a willingness
to return to the Lord. In spite of all their failures, this
one trait endeared them to God's heart. Whenever a prophetic
word came forth they responded. And when they were rebuked
they wept over their sin.
At the very height of their backsliding God said: "Is
Ephraim a precious son to me? Is he a delightsome child?
That as soon as I speak against him, I do earnestly remember
him still? Wherefore are my bowels so stirred for him?
Tenderly loving I will tenderly love him, saith the Lord"
God was saying, "In spite of Ephraim's shortcomings and
failures, I see a repentant spirit. And I will not take away
my tender love. My eternal purpose for Ephraim will go on as
I have planned."
Likewise, beloved, God is going to accomplish all his
purposes for you, no matter how serious your struggle. He
has mapped out your future with his best in mind for you.
We cannot judge God's eternal purpose for us by what we may
be feeling or thinking.
At times each of us can become too focused on our failures
or weaknesses to judge correctly. God is saying to us,
"Trust my word about my nature that I'm a tender, loving
Father who has invested much in you, and I am not about to
let you go. You are my delightsome child, and I will deliver
you in my time."
It is no wonder David wrote, "How precious also are thy
thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them!"
(Psalm 139:17). Likewise, Jeremiah wrote, "For I know the
thoughts that I think towards you, saith the Lord, thoughts
of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end"
God has a specific message for us here. He's saying, "I am
not inclined to think evil, judgment and chastisement
towards you. My nature is to think good thoughts, for I am
at work planning your life. Stand still and see my
deliverance unfold. Soak in my love for you."
Simply put, we have two options. First, we can believe what
God says about himself that he loves us and will see us
through our trials; that he is at work opening and closing
all doors to us; that when we fail he isn't mad at us but
will correct us in his tender love. Or, second, we can
believe the terrible alternative: that God has allowed us to
be deceived by the devil and has left us to fend for
You may think, "I don't see much evidence that God is doing
anything to change my terrible condition. My pain seems to
never end. I've waited and waited. How long will it take?"
It takes as long as necessary for a holy, omnipotent God to
put all the pieces of his plan for you together. He has so
many thoughts about you and your future you couldn't even
count them. His Word says his thoughts toward you are more
numerous than the sands in the sea.
Consider David's example of trust despite his circumstances.
God gave David a promise that he would build him a sure
house, an everlasting kingdom that would be established
forever. And through all of David's testings, sins and
disgrace, God's purpose was not hindered. Even when shame
was heaped on David by his own family and sons, he held onto
the Lord's loving promise and would not let go.
Finally, when David was old and gray and it didn't look as
if the promise would be fulfilled, he made this declaration:
"Although my house be not so with God; yet he hath made with
me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure:
for this is all my salvation, and all my desire, although he
make it not to grow" (2 Samuel 23:5). He was saying, "I
don't see it being fulfilled yet. But I stand on God's word
to me. He will surely bring it to pass."
David rested knowing that God knew best and would keep his
word: "For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord
always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I
should not be moved: therefore did my heart rejoice, and my
tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope"
3. At times we consider it too good to be true that we can
serve the Lord all our days with joy and not fear.
God's desire for us is to be so convinced of his tender
love, so persuaded he is at work bringing us into his best,
that we'll have continual joy and gladness in our walk with
him. Moreover, he wants our trust in his love to become
testimonies of gladness and hope.
"Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with
singing" (Psalm 100:2). "He brought forth his people with
joy, and his chosen with gladness" (105:43). "Be glad in the
Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye
that are upright in heart" (32:11). "Let the righteous be
glad; let them rejoice before God: yea, let them exceedingly
You may ask, "Can I expect to maintain gladness and joy in
my service to the Lord?" Many Christians believe joy lasts
only as long as seasons of refreshing come or as long as
things go right in our lives. Not so, according to Isaiah.
"Be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create:
for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people
a joy" (Isaiah 65:18). Beloved, we are "the Jerusalem from
above," living for him with a spirit of gladness and
rejoicing. And our loving Father has given us a rock-solid
foundation for all our joy and gladness: "Be of good cheer;
I have overcome the world" (John 16:33).
I promise you: As you trust the Father, believing his Word
about himself, you will see his gladness pour forth from
your life. Trust his word to you today. Amen!
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