Sunday devotion 2024

Don’t Turn Away from God’s Love ~ Sunday Devotion

Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God’s love for them. Jonah 2:8 (NIV)

If you feel insecure and unlovable, it’s likely because you have turned away from God’s love for you. How do I know? I spent many years feeling insecure and unlovable too. I had received God’s love for me by way of giving my life to Christ at an early age but then I turned to the pursuit of weight loss to help me feel secure and lovable. 

I wanted to “look pretty” and “feel pretty,” so I could gain the attention of someone who would want to eventually marry me. That was my focus. I didn’t think I would find someone to love me if I didn’t make my body smaller. Weight loss became an idol in my life. It took years for me to realize that I didn’t need to look a certain way to be loved. God loved me (and still does!) just the way I was. He accepts me as I am. He loves you the same way. He wants you to let go of the idols in your life and cling to Him. When you do that, He’ll take care of all that concerns you. He was faithful to do it for me, and He’ll do it for you too!

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The idea of having an idol might be difficult to consider. I mean, who has a little statue around the house that you pray to? What I know is that you don’t have to have a stone statue to have an idol. Many things can take the place of God in our lives. Like I mentioned, the pursuit of weight loss was mine. 

Who brainwashed us into thinking that pursuing weight loss is our life’s purpose? No matter who it was, I had to take responsibility for buying into the lie and living with that purpose for way too many years. However, God set me free, and He can set you free too! 

You have a decision to make. Will you cling to the idols in your life? Or, will you turn to God’s love? Turn away from whatever it is that has distracted you and receive God’s love. He’s waiting for you with open arms. 

Action Step: Take a look at your priorities. What do you spend your time doing? What occupies your thoughts? If it’s not God’s Word, prayer, and how to love others, it might be time for you to turn away from a few things and walk into God’s loving arms. 

Happy Sunday!

 

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