The dining table was always set for dinner in the home I grew up in. On most Saturday mornings neighbors stopped by for a visit. The coffee percolated on the stove, there was always room at the kitchen table for one more.
That’s the way it is with God’s love for us. David was chosen and accepted by God and he acknowledged this when he said,
“Oh Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you understand my thoughts from afar. You scrutinize my path and my lying down, you are acquainted with all my ways.”
Psalm 139:1 NIV
That word scrutinize is on my list of “power verbs.” Webster’s Dictionary defines scrutinize, “to examine in detail with careful attention.”
Can you believe it? God doesn’t just see each of us individually, He knows us intimately. [Tweet this!] His love welcomes us with open arms, comfortable and familiar, like an old blanket or favorite song. Does this leave you feeling accepted, like you fit in?
It doesn’t matter if you haven’t read your Bible lately or the last time you were in church was Christmas Eve, three years ago. Make today the first day for a new conversation with Him. I think you’ll find an empty seat waiting for you, there is always room at God’s table.
“For we know brothers and sisters loved by God, that He has chosen you.”
1 Thessalonians 1:4, NIV