His love crescendos with his forgiveness of his people; those who fear him. Our minds struggle to comprehend the vastness of the universe and the complexity of the heavens so no wonder we are left awe struck by the love of God for us. I personally wander between the solid foundation of my belief in the Lord’s love for me and a slippery foundation muddied by my worldly doubts. It is my thoughts that take me between the two and make me feel unworthy, undesirable, and unlovable to anyone let alone the King of Kings. Maybe you can relate to having some of these feeling too. What are we to do in the times of our life when we question if God really loves us or even wants us?
I have learned over the years that my feelings and emotions are not effective measurements of reality. More times than I would like to admit my feelings and emotions have guided me to the wrong conclusion and clouded my judgement. So I’m striving to become better at recognizing my emotional tendencies. With the intent that I will then choose to redirect myself by asking “what is the truth in this situation?” and looking for the truth. Often times my search begins with a little prayer to help me focus on seeking the truth over seeking to feel better in my situation. Philippians 4:8 is a verse I turn to many times for redirection. It is a great reminder for when we are feeling anxious or confused. It tells us to think on things that are true, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy. So when I catch myself questioning my worth to God I have to think on the truth of these two questions:
Why do I think I’m unworthy?
What has he told me about his love for me?
Answering these questions will set us back on our solid foundation with God. In most circumstances our feeling of unworthiness stem from some form of sin, confusing circumstances, or painful situation in life. What is the truth about either of these possibilities? Are they the answer to the first question?— Why do I think I’m unworthy?
- Sin: 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
- Confusing Circumstances: Romans 8:28 ” And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
- Painful Situation in Life: Hebrew 12: 7-8 & 11 : 7- “Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—- and everyone undergoes discipline— then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all.” 11- “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”
Each of these foundational truths of how the Lord interacts with his people will help bring clarity to our situation and remind us of the truth of Christ’s love. This weeks verse describes his love as being “as high as the heavens are above the earth”. So that brings to question just how far is that? According to a quick google search I found the following distances, at www.space.com, to get our minds going:
- Earth to the Moon- 238,900 Miles
- Earth to the Sun- 92.96 Million Miles
- Earth to the Andromedia Galaxy- 2.537 Million Light Years
Wow! Let that sink in! Just from those figures we should be able to say that the truth is ~ God is out of this world crazy in love with us! So why do we struggle so much with believing him? I believe it is because the Lord has an enemy, one of his own beloved creations, satan a fallen angel, who doesn’t want us to believe in God’s love for us. When we believe and are secure in the depth of God’s love for us the enemy loses his power over us. Satan will do all he can to minimize our relationship with Christ so he works overtime in the department of clouding our view of the truth about the Lord’s love and forgiveness. He promotes his lies to get us to buy into his accusations against us leaving us feeling condemned and helpless. Many times we are left feeling unworthy of forgiveness from ourselves let alone from God. That is when we need to address the second question— What has he told me about his love for me?
All throughout scripture the Lord has revealed through his people that his love is enduring and never ending. Just last week we celebrated Easter the ultimate display of sacrificial forever love. So what is your answer to this second question? How do you know he loves you? One of the many truths that comes to my mind is Romans 8: 31-39. This amazing section of scripture is entitled “More Than Conquerors” in my Bible. It is spells out these truths of our relationship of love and forgiveness with the Lord.
Who is the one who condemns?
No one, because Jesus intercedes for us.
Who shall separate us from the love of God?
No one and no circumstances, because we are more than conquerors through Christ who loves us.
His love is higher than the nearest galaxy, 2.537 Million Light years, for you and his forgiveness stretches farther than the east is from the west,24,874 miles, on earth alone. Will you receive it today and for all eternity?
Be Alert~ Stay Strong~ Pray Always
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Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”