God loves me. And you.
More than we can imagine. We think we know. We try to compare our love for our children and grandchildren, our husbands and wives, our parents and siblings to how much God loves us. But I don’t think we have any idea of the depth and magnitude of God’s love for us.
When someone disappoints me, hurts me, doesn’t meet my expectations, my default response is to withdraw. Remove my presence–at least in attitude. And I make my hurt known: a drawer shut too loudly, a comment made that isn’t quite understandable. I pout and wait for the one who offended me to make amends.
But when they try, when they ask, “What’s wrong?” My first response is usually, “Nothing.”
So we live in awkward pretending that all is well. Eventually the hurt fades or I finally admit there is a problem and, box of kleenex next to me, pour out my frustration. There is discussion and forgiveness. And we end with a hug and smiles and go back to our daily routines of life together.
But God’s ways are higher than my ways; His thoughts are higher than my thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9). He doesn’t withdraw, but calls us to seek Him when we offend Him.
Seek the LORD while he may be found;
call upon him while he is near;
let the wicked forsake his way,
and the unrighteous man his thoughts;
let him return to the LORD, that he may have compassion on him,
and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. (Isaiah 55:6-7)
He doesn’t hide and pout. He is close by, longing to forgive and show compassion. Grace and mercy I don’t deserve. Total forgiveness. Wrapped in love.
When I seek Him, I receive not just His forgiveness, but joy and peace.
And God celebrates. I am so important to Him, His love and joy cannot be contained. They spill into HIs creation.
If the mountains and the hills break forth into singing and all the trees of the fields clap their hands, shouldn’t I praise Him so others know what He does for me?
Show the world your joy and peace. Join the hills and the trees. Sing. Clap your hands. Celebrate God’s love.
Do it today!