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Does God Like Me? (Y1.T1.D5)

Updated: Sep 11


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Wanting to be liked wasn’t invented by social media; we’re actually wired to want it.


A 2016 article posted on the Association for Psychological Science states:


The same brain circuits that are activated by eating chocolate and winning money are activated when teenagers see large numbers of “likes” on their own photos or the photos of peers in a social network, according to findings from a study in which researchers scanned teens’ brains while they used social media.


And while the brain feels pleasure when experiencing acceptance, research also reveals rejection causes more than imagined pain. For example, the 2012 article from the American Psychological Association website says researchers "found surprising evidence that the pain of being excluded is not so different from the pain of physical injury.”


Now that you’ve read the science, I can tell you, God unequivocally likes and loves you. How great is that? Are your dopamine neurons firing? I know mine are. I feel like a heralding angel because “I bring you good news of great joy which will be to all the people” (Luke 2:10).


God not only took his time to form each of us by hand, when he was finished, he also pressed the like button. He isn’t waiting for you to say things in just the right way. He isn’t judging your station or education, or cultural perspective. When God looks at you, he loves what he sees. He gave you every quirk you have, and he has great plans for them. And he didn’t stop there.


He knew how painful isolation would be as well. Right from the beginning, he created other human beings for us to like and be liked by. Isn’t that amazing? While none of us are perfect, God’s not concerned about that. He genuinely likes us just the way we are.


Let's Read


26 God said, “Let’s make man in our image, after our likeness. Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the sky, and over the livestock, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” (Genesis 1:26)


4b in the day that Yahweh God made the earth and the heavens. 5 No plant of the field was yet in the earth, and no herb of the field had yet sprung up; for Yahweh God had not caused it to rain on the earth. There was not a man to till the ground, 6 but a mist went up from the earth, and watered the whole surface of the ground. 7 Yahweh God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. 8 Yahweh God planted a garden eastward, in Eden, and there he put the man whom he had formed. 9 Out of the ground Yahweh God made every tree to grow that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food, including the tree of life in the middle of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

10 A river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from there it was parted, and became the source of four rivers. 11 The name of the first is Pishon: it flows through the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold; 12 and the gold of that land is good. Bdellium and onyx stone are also there. 13 The name of the second river is Gihon. It is the same river that flows through the whole land of Cush. 14 The name of the third river is Hiddekel. This is the one which flows in front of Assyria. The fourth river is the Euphrates.

15 Yahweh God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate and keep it. 16 Yahweh God commanded the man, saying, “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; 17 but you shall not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; for in the day that you eat of it, you will surely die.”

18 Yahweh God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make him a helper comparable to him.” 19 Out of the ground Yahweh God formed every animal of the field, and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. Whatever the man called every living creature became its name. 20 The man gave names to all livestock, and to the birds of the sky, and to every animal of the field; but for man there was not found a helper comparable to him. 21 Yahweh God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. As the man slept, he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place.

22 Yahweh God made a woman from the rib which he had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. 23 The man said, “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh. She will be called ‘woman,’ because she was taken out of Man.” 24 Therefore a man will leave his father and his mother, and will join with his wife, and they will be one flesh. 25 The man and his wife were both naked, and they were not ashamed. (Genesis 2:4b–25)


YUD

73 Your hands have made me and formed me.

Give me understanding, that I may learn your commandments.

74 Those who fear you will see me and be glad,

because I have put my hope in your word.

75 Yahweh, I know that your judgments are righteous,

that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.

76 Please let your loving kindness be for my comfort,

according to your word to your servant.

77 Let your tender mercies come to me, that I may live;

for your law is my delight.

78 Let the proud be disappointed, for they have overthrown me wrongfully.

I will meditate on your precepts.

79 Let those who fear you turn to me.

They will know your statutes.

80 Let my heart be blameless toward your decrees,

that I may not be disappointed. (Psalm 119:73–80)


27 God created man in his own image. In God’s image he created him; male and female he created them. 28 God blessed them. God said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the sky, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” 29 God said, “Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed, which is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree, which bears fruit yielding seed. It will be your food.

30 To every animal of the earth, and to every bird of the sky, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food;” and it was so.

31 God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. There was evening and there was morning, a sixth day.

1 The heavens, the earth, and all their vast array were finished. 2 On the seventh day God finished his work which he had done; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had done. 3 God blessed the seventh day, and made it holy, because he rested in it from all his work of creation which he had done. (Genesis 1:27–2:3)


1 Now faith is assurance of things hoped for, proof of things not seen. 2 For by this, the elders obtained testimony. 3 By faith, we understand that the universe has been framed by the word of God, so that what is seen has not been made out of things which are visible. (Hebrews 11:1–3)


Meditation Moment


Dear God,


Thank you for taking Your time to form me in my mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13). Thank You for the people who walk with me in life. Help me encourage others and to find those whom I can build up (1 Thessalonians 5:11). Please give me the faith necessary to understand how You made all people in your image (Genesis 1:27). If possible, help me share what I learn with someone who needs an encouraging word from you today.


Amen.


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