What matters most - Hope 103.2

What matters most

By David ReayFriday 24 Feb 2017LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 0 minutes


Read Romans 5:8

8 But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him. (THE MESSAGE)

On one of my retreat days, my spiritual director at the time mentioned that the great majority of the people who came to that retreat centre wanted to know the answer to just one question: “Does God love me?”

Lots of other issues and questions arise when we spend time alone with God. But I had to admit that this was also true of me. Does God love me? Do I matter? And on one level the answer is blindingly obvious. Of course he does! The Bible spells it out often enough. Why can’t we just read and memorise those bits of the Bible and be done with it?

It doesn’t seem to work that way though. We do have documentary evidence that God in fact loves us. As our text reminds us, it is not just a lot of words on the printed page either. Jesus is walking, talking evidence of the fact God loves us. I have long embraced a very basic truth about my faith: God loves me, Jesus proves it.

And yet, realisation of that fact takes a lifetime to absorb. What we know in our heads might not always be experienced in our hearts. One of the great tasks of our lifelong Christian journey might be to know in the deepest recesses of our being that we are loved, that we matter. The evidence is there and can be grasped quickly. Letting that evidence shape and reshape our lives is a process that marks all our days.

David Reay