“God made me this!”
My two year old proudly pointed to the crown on her head and flung those words at me as she climbed to sit beside me on the couch.
“He did?” was my reply with a smile.
“Yes, and God made me and God loves me. And He gave me a good day.”
With these words, she hopped of the couch and skipped over to her toy box. She sat down to play with some dolls and started singing, “God loves me…” to the tune of “Jesus Loves Me.”
I sat there, mouth agape, staring after her. Here was my two year old, so sure of God’s love, God’s care, and His attention solely for her, when I struggled some days just to accept that He notices me.
“Jesus loves me, this I know. For the Bible tells me so.” The bible does tell us so. The bible tells us out right over 40 times that God loves us and more than that if you just look at His actions. Not only that but we are also told that love actually defines who God is and that noting can separate us from His love!
“So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” 1 John 4:16
‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:35-39
So, with the overwhelming evidence of God’s love for us, why do we wrestle so often with just accepting it and proudly proclaiming it like my two year old?
Let me just submit to you two reasons I see for our struggle:
- We are reducing God’s love to human feelings. According to our modern English, we can “love our children” and “love our new nail polish”. We can “fall in love” and “fall out of love”. So much of the “love” we get from others is based on what we do for them or how they feel that day. Many times, we mess up or don’t feel close to God and assume He doesn’t love us the same or stopped loving us. Can I remind us of the above scriptures here, “nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God. ” NOTHING!!
- We’ve been taught some bad theology. Some times our view of God’s love has been shaped by what we’ve learned from others. I talk to women often who believe that God will love them more if they just do more. Can I just insert some more scriptures now? “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) See God loved us “while we were still sinners”. He loved us before we said Christ is the only way to salvation, before we did good deeds in His name, and before we ever thought about loving Him. “We love Him because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)
Figuring the reason is only half the battle. Because, once we have pinpointed the lie that we are believing, we have to replace it with those truths from scripture and then, we have to live like we believe it! The overwhelming truth is that God does love us. He created us in our mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13), he made us with purpose (Proverbs 19:21, 2 Timothy 1:9) and He wants a relationship with us (John 3:16, 1 John 3:1). (2 Timothy 4:8)! So, spread the love!