February 11–Breath-taking, Breath-giving God

 When I slow down enough to really let the Word of God and the character of God grab hold of my heart, it takes my breath away.

The love and faithfulness, the righteousness and justice of the LORD are real. They are eternal and available to us–every breathing moment of our lives.

We all need to slow down and let our Eternal God take our breath away. When we do, God will restore and refresh not only our breathing but our very lives.

Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens,  your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep. 

Psalm 36:5-6

Personal Reflections from Sylane:                                                                           Breathe. Really. Take a slow deep breath and stop rushing, working, planning, doing. Just breathe.

Breathe in the truth that you are more than what you do. Breathe in the truth that you are loved passionately, unfailingly by the Eternal Lord of all creation, all time and space–just because you are.

Pretty breath-taking to think about, isn’t it?

Let this take your breath away: God’s love reaches to the heavens. God’s faithfulness reaches to the skies. Think about the immeasurable expanse of the heavens–of the skies. No expert astronomer has yet been able to define their true limits. Package that thought to better understand God’s love for  you–and God’s faithfulness to you. The vast, unending beauty and wonder of the sun, the moon, the stars, the galaxies, the universe cannot be captured by mere words or human expression.

So it is with God’s love and faithfulness. God’s love and faithfulness have no limits. No boundary-lines exist. God’s love and faithfulness are eternal and unfailing and absolutely indescribable in beauty and wonder.

Let this take your breath away: God’s righteousness is like the mighty mountains. God’s righteousness is majestic, unwavering, immovable, clearly seen and known for what it is–for all who will look onto it. God’s righteousness is the Truth. Just because someone has not seen the Rockies or viewed the Alps does not mean that they do not exist. When they are seen–when they are looked upon–these mighty mountains absolutely dominate the panarama.

So it is with God’s righteousness. Our standards for, and perspectives on, what is right and good–are completely dwarfed in the presence of the mighty mountain of God’s righteousness. And it is upon God’s righteousness that we must always set our eyes. We must always allow God’s righteousness to dominate our lives.

Let this take your breath away: God’s justice is like the great deep. Our very existence is intricately tied the great deep–the waters of the world. The oceans bring nourishment and healing to many. Our harvests depend on the rains carried from their waters. The oceans unite and divide us–bringing together peoples within the earth’s land-masses while separating others by enormous, watery distances. The great deep is filled with life and mysteries that we have not even begun to understand.

So it is with God’s justice. God’s justice nourishes and heals us as we seek His ruling and ways–rather than our vigilante approach for all the wrongs and injustices we have suffered. God’s justice brings a harvest of true followers as we humble ourselves before His judgments–His loving authority. God’s justice will either unite us or divide us. We will either be God’s people–standing with Him, by His just judgment. Or we will not be God’s people, and will be separated from Him, by God’s same just judgment. God’s justice is far deeper than our thoughts can comprehend. God’s justice is full of life and mystery that is able to see beneath the surface and circumstances of our lives. God will always see us clearly, always judges us rightly because God’s justice is always based on His love, faithfulness and righteousness. 

Let that take your breath away. Now breathe. And give God thanks.

In love, peace and purposeful passion,                                                               Sylane

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