The Truth of the Matter

God is so much greater than our minds could ever comprehend. He created all that we see, all that the highest-powered telescopes can reveal, just by the power of His Word. He simply spoke it all into existence. Universes drip off His fingertips. 

The Bible says that God is so "off the charts" glorious and majestic that He even has to humble Himself to behold the things in heaven (Psalm 113:6). Did you catch that? Every time God looks around heaven, it is a humbling experience for Him. Now, that is glory to the nth degree! 

And here is the even more amazing part: this same, infinite God is crazy in love with you and me. We matter to Him. He thinks about us all the time. His thoughts toward you and me outnumber the sand on the seashore (Psalm 139:18). How cool is that? 

Why Does God Love Us?

Why does God love you and me so much? Why did He send His Son to die such a horrible death for us on the cross? It is not because you and I are so wonderful; it is because God is so wonderful (Deuteronomy 7:6-9). The Scripture clearly tells us, "God is love" (1 John 4:8). Love is a big part of His nature.   

God chose to love us regardless of who we are or what we do. Because it was God's choice, it is not dependent on you and me. Talk about getting off the performance-based acceptance train! Here is truth to put in your heart: There is nothing you can do to get God to love you any more than He already does, and there is nothing you can do to get God to love you any less than He already does. He just loves you!  

Our job is to receive His love and rejoice in His love. Obedience to His commands comes when you realize that everything God tells us to do or not to do is for our greatest good. The God who loves me tells me yes to some things and no to other things. His commandments are not given to deprive me; they are given to bless me, because every one of them is given in love.   

Homework

Tonight, go outside and look up into the starry sky. Consider His heavens. Consider how great He is. Then, remember that the awesome God who made all that you see knows your name. He knows your circumstances. He knows your victories and your struggles. He knows everything there is to know about you, and He loves you still. 

Share your hopes, dreams, worries, and fears with Him. Tell Him that you love Him. Cast all your cares upon Him, because He really does care for you (1 Peter 5:7)! Remember this great word from Isaiah the Prophet, "For since the world began, no ear has heard, and no eye has seen a God like You, who works for those who wait for Him" (Isaiah 64:4 NLT)!  He truly will work in the hearts of those who will look to Him and wait for Him.  Will you do it? 

BELIEVE IT OR NOT … YOU ARE LOVED 

Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in my love. —John 15:9 

Quite often, I talk to people who have a hard time really believing that God truly loves them. They believe that God loves people, but they are not so sure He loves them. They do not see themselves as deserving or worthy of His love, so they surmise that He does not/could not love them. Does that describe you? 

In John 15, Jesus says to abide in His love, to stay connected and remain in His love. He says His love for you and me is as great as the Father's love for Him. Wow! Can you get your mind around that? 

BELIEVE IT! 

Without question, the most important thing in your life and mine is to believe this truth: God really does love us with an everlasting love. The greatest commandment is to love God with all we have within us (Matthew 22:37). We cannot begin to do this until we understand and receive His great love for us: "We love, because He first loved us" (1 John 4:19).