I recently traveled to Nevada. One night I was standing outside and was thinking about God’s love. God’s love is a difficult thing for me. It’s easy for me to grasp God’s power, his wisdom, the fact that I don’t understand his plan for my life and many other facets of God that he has revealed to us through his word. But God’s love…Ah…God’s love. It just doesn’t always match up. It’s much easier for me to see the difficulties of my life as a consequence of my sins. And in fact, I think that more discussions should be had about the consequences of sin. Although God forgave David, the sword never left David’s house. That, however, is a thought for another day. Today, I want to concentrate on God’s love. I don’t truly have anything profound to say about it. Only that as I was standing there, I began to think about my children and how much I love them. I thought about how even when I discipline them, I love them. I also thought about how I truly want the best for them and most importantly, how I often know better what is best for them than they do. At that point, I suddenly had a brief flash of understanding about God’s love. I also realized that until I truly understand how God loves me, and until I truly love him back, I would be held back in praising him. It’s one thing to serve God with your mind. People throughout the world serve other people without loving those they serve. In fact, often they despise those they serve. God wants more than that. Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” (Matt. 22:37). In our human state, however, it is very hard for us to love someone without feeling that they love us in return. I think that this might be why it’s so important that we understand that God loves us. John 3:16 leaves little doubt. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
I realize that I haven’t really put forth anything ground breaking here. But still, I’ve been a Christian for over thirty years and I still struggle with this issue, maybe you do too. It’s amazing how you can be standing outside at night in the Nevada desert and God can suddenly reveal a small part of himself to you. It’s even more amazing how he can reveal a part of himself that you might think of as old knowledge as something new and incredible. Well, that’s all for tonight.