The love of God.
This subject is one that has been saturating my thoughts lately! How could someone SO good, someone so unbelievably perfect have seen fit to sacrifice His heavenly position at the right hand of the Father, His dignity as the Son of the Almighty God by allowing mere people to scorn and mock His true identity, His innocent blood, and His last breath…for someone like ME??? Who am I that He, GOD incarnate, could love me so endlessly to have died for my every fault and failure?
In Ephesians 1:4-5, we see why: Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.
Before there was an earth. Before there was an Eden. Before we were conceived…God LOVED us! He CHOSE us! Look at your child. That child was made in YOUR image. She has your smile and her father’s red hair! Before you met her, you LOVED her and were determined to do everything in your power to meet her every need, protect her, and celebrate her milestones. You resolved to guide her when she fails, help her when she falls, and hold her when she hurts!
If we feel this way about our kids, how much more would our Creator feel this way about us?!? If we, as self-serving human beings, desire ONLY the best things in life for the temporary gifts, that are our children, how incredibly unshakable is The Father’s love for us, His beloved?
Not only does He love us in a way that outshines the love of natural parents, He loves us with a fierce jealousy, as a husband would for the intimate affection of his bride! He views her with eyes that only see her perfections. The stars in His eyes when she is near would light the darkest of midnights! He thinks about her constantly, and he aches for her when they are apart! He loves her! He is devoted and committed to HER. He has sworn to spend his entire life loving, protecting, and nurturing that promise. It isn’t a heavy burden, loving her. She is his heart and his life. He can’t bear the thought of living without her. She makes the earth rotate, and the sun rise each morning! The thought of her dividing her attention between him and another, makes him feel ill. Sick to his stomach. And ANGRY! The hole in his heart when she no longer has eyes ONLY for him, is wide enough and deep enough to swallow the whole of Niagra Falls! How COULD she desert him like this?! His angel. His only love. The one His soul longs for.
Imagine that feeling!!
If you have ever faced the pain and physical ailments that accompany an unfaithful spouse, or have been the one to inflict such pain (in my case), you know EXACTLY what I’m talking about! There isn’t a feeling to compare with that misery. There aren’t words to describe that volume of anguish.
THAT is the way our Abba, God Almighty feels when we choose the fleeting pleasure of this world over the limitlessness of His love and mercy. Every time we step through the door of sin, we slam it in His face, leaving a hole and a pain that can only be remedied by our undivided devotion to the One who thought eternity without us was so unbearable, that He gave up His only child ,to be slaughtered, to prove how precious we are to Him! We crucify Jesus over and over again, every time we decide to step outside of the protective umbrella of God’s will! He must relive the pain of His Son’s death with each sin we indulge in. He knew that this was THE only way to reconcile our wickedness unto His holiness. He was willing, IS willing, to endure this to HAVE us! To keep us! We are not worthy of such love. And yet He thinks we are WORTH IT!
What LOVE the Father has lavished on us!! WOW! It is almost too much to wrap my finite mind around sometimes! How deep, how wide, how long, how high is You love for us, Oh God!
My prayer, for you, dear one, is that you’ll reflect on the enormity of His passion for you. You were on His mind before He laid the foundations of the galaxies. YOU were the twinkle in His eyes when He dreamed up the stars. You, most precious of creations, were the warmth in His breath as He blew the first summer breezes over the earth!