After getting both kiddos down for bed this evening I sat out on my little front porch with my devotional book that I’m currently working through. This is it if you want to check it out; it’s excellent! I’ll hopefully take some time to review it once I’ve completed it.
Today I was reading about God’s love. Growing up in a Christian home this is stuff that I’ve heard over and over again. Sometimes though I think that when you hear stuff so much it can become “old hat” so to speak… like, of course, I know about God’s love.
It hit me in a new way tonight though, reading about it through a parent’s eyes and imagining giving up my only son. It brings tears to my eyes to even imagine giving Caleb up. I think I would die, seriously. It’s an awful awful thought.
If God was willing to go to that extent – to give up His Son – how can we doubt the depth of His love for us? Like Ephesians 3:19 tells us, it’s incomprehensible.
One of the passages for today’s reading was Romans 8:31-39:
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? 33 Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; 34 who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was [a]raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. 35 Who will separate us from the love of [b]Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 Just as it is written, “For Your sake we are being put to death all day long;
We were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
So I don’t know, I was just extra struck by God’s love tonight. I definitely don’t understand it and definitely don’t appreciate it like I should but I hope that I will learn to more and more.
To end these thoughts, here’s a song that I’ve been listening to this evening. This is the kind of praise I should be singing to Him in light of the truth of His love for me.