“No one will take your joy away from you.” (John 16:22)

Suppose you were to find a very old locket that was engraved inside. The words on the inscription may not mean much to you, but they were probably very special to the original owner of the locket. That is, after all, the nature of an engrav­ing: to convey a lasting message to a loved one.

Do you know that God has been engraving your heart with words of love since the day he created you? These declarations are uniquely yours. He has permanently etched them into your being, and nothing can ever remove them.

What does the engraving say? Only you can discover that. But you can be sure that they are words of love and delight from your heavenly Father. You are precious to him, and he wants you to know this every day. It’s a truth that can guide you through this life with all of its ups and downs. Just as God does not change, his truth, written on your heart, will not change. He is always with you, ready to brush away any discouragement or hurt or fear that may have covered up the words. He is always ready to open your eyes so that you can read the prom­ises he has made to you. Do you remember the times you were filled with peace? Do you recall the times you knew that you were forgiven? Each of these events uncovers that inscription a little more.

As you go about your day today, try to discover your inscription. Your Father’s love never fades, never changes, never weakens. The words are just as clear today as they were a month, a year, even decades ago. The joy he gave you then, the hope he poured out on you before, is still fresh and new today. Your Father can make everything new again, so feel free to declare his words whenever you face temptation or frustration. Nothing can stand against God’s promises. In the light of his love, all darkness is scattered and overcome!

“Father, I am grateful for every word of love you have inscribed in my heart. Thank you for filling my heart with your love and making that the foundation for my whole life.”

Acts 18:9-18; Psalm 47:2-7