You are no accident.
Whether our parents planned for us or not- God knew the time of our birth long before we were even a twinkle in our parents eye.
Every time I sit and just ponder God’s love, I find myself shaking my head in wonderment. I can’t imagine it; I don’t understand it.
We don’t see love like that here. We catch glimpses-snippets-flares- but it is fleeting- doesn’t last.
1 John 4:13-19
13 This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
19 We love because he first loved us.
Imagine love that never gives up. Even under the harshest conditions.
Love that ignores outright rejection. I choose other things over God all the time- every day- and yet He perseveres in His love for me.
His patience waits years while we dabble in things He knows will make us unhappy. He has to watch in agony and grief as we enter into situations that bring pain and anguish, suffering and despair.
And yet He waits.
He made us to be connected to Him. To live in communion with Him always.
To never live a moment without being in His presence- feeling the security of our identity in His love and companionship.
But He isn’t demanding or forceful in His love.
He could be.
Yet He allows us to choose.
He gives us the freedom to cause Him terrible pain in our rejection.
And yet, I must admit, many times when I choose other things over Him- I don’t consider the pain I am causing Him.
My heart doesn’t break, many times I haven’t even felt guilty about “cheating” on Him with other loves, other idols.
Andrew Murray talks about our unique connection to God in his book, Waiting on God. I will paraphrase.
We are made to bring God glory. To live in constant communion and connection with God- lacking nothing because through God we would have everything we needed.
But through sin, that communion was broken. Now we have no hope of recovering what we have lost without God’s mercy and grace.
God brings redemption and carries it out daily in our lives- moment by moment. He works in us as we are consensual to the process.
Andrew Murray puts it this way: “…he has and can have nothing that he does not each moment receive; and waiting on God is just as indispensable, and must be just as continuous and unbroken, as the breathing that maintains his natural life.”
Until we return to what we were made for, we will never find peace.
We will spend this whole life chasing mirages.
As soon as we feel it is within our grasp, it will evaporate like mist.
Perfect peace comes only when we enter into continual communion with our God. He made us to be with Him always.
We are only separated from Him as we choose to be- when we allow other things to steal our affections and will.
I want to fall in love with God. To enter into unbroken communion from this day forward.
Lord, make us malleable in your hands. May we seek communion with you that is unbroken by distractions with the trappings of this world. May all other loves fall away as we gaze upon you. Oh Lord, we cannot grasp the heights nor depths of your love; you defy our human understanding. As we ponder your love and mercy, may our reaction be one of joy and thanksgiving, of willing and affectionate seeking after you. May gratitude for all you have done permeate our lives and be a testimony to those around us. We pray in the name of our intercessor and friend, Jesus Christ, Amen.