Beloved - Part 2 by Natalie McGehee
Beloved (Part Two)
Who are the Beloved of God? What does that even mean? Why would He call me His beloved?
Looking through the Old Testament, the word beloved is used forty-two times! We find it used mostly as variations of two Hebrew words that mean "to breathe" or "to long for" as in a love based on respect and regard. It is used to describe a spouse, a loved one, and also for God's chosen ones like Solomon who He calls "beloved of his God" or Benjamin "beloved of Yahweh".
About Benjamin he said, "let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders." Deuteronomy 33:12 NIV
Benjamin was the twelfth and youngest son of his father, Jacob. He was his father’s favorite child. The beloved child. Don’t miss the metaphor here. God's children are His favorites, everywhere and always, of every race and throughout all time. We tend to put human limits on God and think that He only has a limited amount of love. That there is only enough for some favored chosen ones, but maybe not for me. But God has no scarcity in love. He has limitless abundance and bestows it freely to His children in Christ Jesus.
"If anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will LOVE them, and we will come to them and make our home with them." John 14:23 NIV
In Romans 1:7, Paul says, "to all who are beloved of God in Rome." If you are in Christ, you are His loved ones, chosen for His own, justified through the cross and resurrection, nothing will separate you from Him, and He will love you with an everlasting love. You are His BELOVED.
Sometimes, we fall into thinking that if we were smarter, study more, pray harder and be good, then maybe the Lord would look at us favorably. We aren’t even hoping for love, we are just hoping He isn’t mad or angry or disappointed in us. But if we look at the Scriptures, it’s not about who we are, but it’s about who Jesus is. Whether slave or free, rich or poor, Jew or Gentile, married or not, we are all His beloved in Christ Jesus. When we put our trust in Jesus, we become knit together in faith with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Father sees Jesus when He looks at us. And when he looks at Jesus, he sees "my beloved Son. I take delight in Him (Matthew 3:17).”