The only time God’s patience with us runs out is when we refuse again and again to accept how much he loves us.

Many Christians today have been turned back into a wilderness of their own making. They have no joy, no victory. Looking at them, you’d think God had forsaken them years ago. No. He has simply turned them over to their own complaining and murmuring.

Think of the disciples! They were men of power and vision because they knew they were precious to God. Thank God they followed Christ. They stood as green trees in God’s house until their dying days. You also are precious to the Lord, despite your problems and failures. You can be a green tree in God’s house just as the apostles were. Simply stand on what God promises in his Word! It is packed full of assurances that we are priceless to him, and we can live secure in his love and devotion.

“He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me” (Psalm 18:19 NKJV).

“The Lord your God is in your midst, the mighty one, will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing” (Zephaniah 3:17).

“Because your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise you” (Psalm 63:3). “For the Lord takes pleasure in his people; he will beautify the humble with salvation” (Psalm 149:4).

“He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love” (Song of Solomon 2:4).

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? …For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:35,38-39).

This is the foundation of true faith!