“And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.” (1 John 4:16)
I didn’t used to think I had trouble accepting God’s love for me. But several circumstances lately have had me questioning my true beliefs in this area – especially seeing how my words, thoughts and actions line up with these beliefs. Recently, in less than 24 hours I read several things which all touched on the subject of God’s love and care for us. Coincidence? I think not!
One of the items sparking this realization was a recent section in my devotional:
“The greatest truth in Scripture is this: God is love. Understanding this in all its full dimensions will set you free to enjoy all that is yours as a Christian. But you must accept that God that God loves you…
If you cannot accept the truth that God loves you, you will be limited in how you can relate to Him. When He disciplines you, you will not take it as an expression of His love, Rather, you may resent Him. When God says no to a request that is less than His best for you, you will conclude that He doesn’t care for you. Without a clear understanding and acceptance of God’s love for you, you will be disoriented to Him and to what He wants to do in Your life” (Experiencing God Day by Day).
Next, I read an (in)courage blog post which talked about trusting God as it dug into the verses from Proverbs 3:5-6. Towards the end of the post I read a quote which really resonated with some of my questioning: “Trusting God with all of our heart doesn’t mean answers will come swiftly, or even at all…Trusting God with all of our heart means relying on His understanding, letting the fact that He understands His ways be enough to answer our deepest questions of ‘why’ and ‘how’.”
Later on, I read something which really helped me from another blog talking about how much God cares for us:
“The struggle to believe God sees us often signifies a problem within our hearts, not His heart for us. And yet, doubts don’t make us broken believers, just broken people living in a world where things break our hearts — and God’s.
But there’s no greater joy than seeing throughout Scripture that the Creator of the universe deeply cares about what we’re going through. Hope and peace can be ours when we believe that in God’s timing and in His ways, He will answer…
If you’ve ever wondered if God cares about what you’re going through, take comfort today in letting yourself believe He does.” (In Case You Were Wondering-God Knows)
Finally, another thing which caught my attention was my reaction to a song from All Sons and Daughters called “God With Us.” As I listened to the haunting melody and really ruminated on the lyrics, the song’s message sunk down deep inside. It became one of those songs that I ended up listening to over and over again:
“You’ve come to bring peace
To be love, to be nearer to us
You’ve come to bring life
To be light, to shine brighter in us
Oh Emmanuel, God with us
You are Savior
In Your presence we find our strength
God with us
You are God with us”
These lyrics made me stop and think about why Jesus came to earth and what that means for us. After all, it says in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son.” Then John 13:34 says the following, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”
What do all these devotionals and blog posts and song lyrics have in common that they are so powerful in my life right now? I think it is that each of them gave me permission or understanding in all my doubts and questioning about God’s love and care for me. Yet, at the same time they also offered hope and pointed me back to God’s Word and His truth. May I be able to do the same for those around me who are on their own journeys of faith and discovery!
**I’m linking up with Holley Gerth’s Coffee For Your Heart today. Click on the image below to find some other great posts from the linkup too!**