By Chris WittsSaturday 25 Jan 2014Morning Devotions with Chris WittsUncategorizedReading Time: 0 minutes
The meaning of the word ‘love’ is quite vague. We ‘love’ chocolate,our pets,a certain city,the curtains in the living room,a particular car. Some people love to hate,and others,as the song says,’love the way you move’. Love has been trivialised. It’s just a word we casually throw in front of anything we have a slight affection for. But love is more than a nice word – it’s a verb,an action. When a guy declares his love for a girl,girls have been known to respond by saying,’Well – show me then’. They want the verb not the word. His actions will determine whether she will love him or not.
But I want to say this morning 3 very important words about love: God loves you. They could well be the words that can change your life. You may have seen these 3 words on car bumper stickers or listened to the Minister say them. Of course it’s one thing to hear the words ..it’s another to understand them with our hearts. If you grew up attending church services,my guess is you’ve heard them thousands of times. Does God love me? After all,there are billions of people on this planet,many with problems far worse than mine. Why would God care about my little problems? God cares for all of His creation. The Bible says that God even cares for sparrows,one of the most numerous species of birds on earth. Despite their number,the Bible says that God knows when each one of them dies. How much more would He care for individual human beings,who He made in His image and likeness?
The Bible says in John 3:16 “God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son,so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really die”.. Who did God love? God loved the world. The world includes every human being that ever lived and would ever live on this planet. But here’s a challenge. We can easily believe God loves other people – but we just can’t comprehend how or why He’d love me. After all,we don’t want others to reject us,and how much more do we hide from God who might reject us forever? There’s a facebook site I saw called “God will always love me even when I can’t love myself”. And there are lots of people who don’t like themselves,or even hate themselves.
While you’re in the middle of your agony and pain,it’s hard to see things clearly. And sometimes when you’re suffering,it’s quite difficult to see God’s love. I think about Job,a man in the Old Testament who went through extremely difficult times. He lost his whole family,virtually everything he owned,and went through terrible sickness. He felt like you do now. He said to God “My ears have heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. Therefore I despise myself” (Job 42:5-6). Have you ever said anything like that? During his most distressing time Job called out : “If I go to the east,[God] is not there; if I go to the west,I do not find him. When he is at work in the north,I do not see him; when he turns to the south,I catch no glimpse of him” (Job 23:8-9).Later in the book of Job,he came to a new understanding of life and God. It’s worth reading. It reminds me that no matter what you feel or what happens,God does exist and he deeply loves you. No matter how awful things become,no matter what happens,we can never be separated from God’s love.
God hasn’t forgotten you. And even though it might not feel like it,he is still in control,holding you in the palm of his hand (Psalm 139:10).