I’m part of a community that is experiencing a baby boom. I find myself distracted in church services because I’m enamored by the chubby cheeks, bright bows, and toothless grins that surround me. It seems like every time I turn around, I see a happy baby, nestling close to its mother or being carried in their father’s arms. Having so many newborns creates quite the joyous atmosphere. It causes me to reflect on the pleasure God the father has for his children.
It’s easy to lose sight of how much God enjoys his kids. We are contending for the ending of abortion. Many of us have seen countless mothers chose to destroy life, instead of save it. The painful loss of millions weighs heavy on our hearts. Often we wonder “Does anyone want these babies?” “Does anyone care?” When our hearts start to sink in despair, we must remember this- God is a joyful Father. He wants these children, every single one. He has delighted in them, even before they were formed in their mother’s womb. That’s what He told me when I found out I survived an abortion. “I wanted you,” he spoke into my heart.
We all know it’s easy to enjoy babies. They’re adorable, they coo and dribble and steal your heart. Thankfully God’s love isn’t just reserved for the cute ones under the age of two. We are recipients of his pleasure as well. We may have grown up over the years, lost our baby fat and grown facial hair. But deep down we’re still his little girls and boys.
Do you know God finds you delightful? Do you know how much joy you bring to the Father’s heart? Do you understand God knows everything about you, and yet still loves you? Have a hard time believing me? Then let the word speak for itself. David said in Psalm 18:19, “He brought me out into a spacious place, he rescued me because he delighted in me.”
David understood something crucial. He knew God delighted in him, even in weakness. We know God is grieved by sin. We understand He doesn’t take pleasure in idolatry and waywardness. Yet many of us are sincere believers who are not rebellious, but immature. God understands that and He loves us in that place. We love our children in every stage of life. We would never yell at a baby saying “Get your act together, walk straight- crawling time is over”! We are gentle with them as they grow and develop, and so is God.
David Wilkerson once said, “How could I ever accuse my heavenly Father of delighting in me less than I do in my own offspring? At times my children have failed me, doing things contrary to what I taught them. But never once have I stopped loving them or delighting in them. So, if I possess that kind of enduring love as an imperfect father, how much more does our heavenly Father care for us, his children?”
I recently visited a friend’s house and sat down in their child’s nursery. The room was filled with colorful decorations, bright walls and precious toys. I felt happy just being in there. I knew hours of work had gone into making this room perfect for their little one. If earthly parents are that full of expectation over their child’s arrival, how much more is God? I imagine He waited with glee for 1981, the year his wonderful daughter Christina was to be born. I picture Him looking down on earth, his heart full of excitement as He thought, “Were gonna have fun together”!
Don’t live your life disconnected from the reality of God’s pleasure over you. If He said it, then it’s true- He enjoys you!