He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17)

Jesus delights in having a deep and abiding relationship with you. Every area of your life is of interest to Him, including daily routines that may seem mundane and insignificant. Because of His invisibility and apparent silence, it is difficult for some people to develop a close relationship with Jesus. Prayer and Bible study, vital to a growing relationship with Christ, can help you overcome your challenges.

It delights the Lord when you cast all your fears, worries, and burdens on Him. (1 Peter 5:7) He has perfect knowledge of you and understands you better than your family, your friends, and even yourself. He is aware of your sins and weaknesses, yet He loves you and is eager to forgive you. It delights the Lord when you seek guidance before making decisions rather than striking out on your own. So many times we miss the mark and end up on our knees as a last resort. Although you cannot see Him visibly, He is there. It delights the Lord when you open up your heart to Him, revealing your hopes and dreams and seeking His will for your life. This precious time with the Lord yields rich and fertile soil for trust to grow. As trust grows, your relationship with Jesus grows. When you truly grasp His great love for you and the delight He has in you, you can develop a deeper relationship with Him. Jesus Christ is the most important relationship you will ever have in your life.

Father, help us to comprehend the depth of your love and the delight you have in us. Bring us to a deeper and more abiding relationship with Christ. Let us not forget that Jesus is the most valuable relationship we have. In Jesus' name. Amen.



Susan Ferguson is a freelance writer who lives in Madison, Mississippi with her husband. She is an accountant by profession and works during the day and writes at night. She is a member of Faithwriters and participates in their daily devotional. She likes to read, travel, and cook for family and friends.