[The Lord said,] “Others were given in exchange for you. I traded their lives for yours because you are precious to me. You are honored, and I love you.”ISAIAH 43:4


“Many people like to believe that I’m impartial. I’m not. It’s true that My gifts and blessings are available to anyone who chooses to enter into a relationship with Me and live by faith; I offer My love to all. In that sense, I am no respecter of persons. But I don’t treat everyone the same, because not everyone responds to Me the same way. I favor those who love Me and trust Me.

“You’ve realized this even as you’ve sought to hear My voice. You’ve understood that people who do not listen will also not be able to hear; but people who do listen will learn how to recognize what I’m saying to them. You’ve acknowledged that I reward those who diligently seek Me and that My sheep  —not all people, but My sheep  —hear My voice. You instinctively understand that some blessings come only to those who position themselves to receive them. I draw close in love to those who draw close to Me in love.

“I want you to know this so you won’t take My voice for granted. When you hear Me speak, know that you hear because you are favored. You are honored as one whom I’ve chosen. Though much of the world refuses to believe that I exist, or that I speak, or that human beings have the ability to hear Me, you have come with an open heart and a desire to tune in to My desires. I’ve loved you always, but your pursuit of Me  —which is actually your response to My pursuit of you  —causes Me to delight in you. You are precious to Me. And I speak often to those I delight in.”

Lord, I know You don’t love me any less when I don’t hear Your voice, but I’m so glad for the favor You show me by speaking to me. Thank You for choosing me, for giving me ears to hear, for pursuing my heart. May I always respond in ways that delight You.

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