DayBreaks for 3/15/18: Out of My League
From the DayBreaks archive, 2008:
I don’t know how it happened. But I’m glad it did. It happened a long time ago – 38 years in August, to be precise. Somehow, don’t ask me how, but the girl I loved agreed to marry me and we were married on an August day in 1970. Why she agreed to it I don’t think I’ll ever know. As the saying goes, “She’s out of my league.” My wife is smarter than I am, more spiritually attuned to things, a deeper thinker than I am, a much better communicator of many things, she’s filled with a mother’s love and compassion – and she’s far better looking than I am. Now, can you tell me why she married me?!?!?! I can’t.
At the recent National Pastor’s Conference, John Ortberg was one of the main speakers (I could listen to him speak all day and night!) Apparently, he feels that same about his wife as I do. It seems that we both married over our heads and out of our league. (If truth be told, I think that’s the case with most of us men…women seem to be far better as a general rule!) It’s hard to believe that I have had such great “luck” as to have my wife as my partner and friend for nearly 38 years now.
Can’t the same thing be said about Jesus? If my wife is out of my league, how about Jesus? He’s so far out of my league that you can’t even see him from here! And yet, and yet…if the Bible says anything at all, it says this: “Jesus loves me.”
My wife is lovely and the most beautiful woman in the world to me, but if I were married to a supermodel, do you know how I’d feel? I’d be scared out of my mind. Look at the lives of supermodels or the super-actresses and actors – the “beautiful people”, if you will (as far as the world is concerned). It seems that if they’re not in rehab, they’re hopping from one lover to the next, from one set of marriage vows to another. If I were married to a supermodel, I’d always be fearful that she’d find someone more in her league than I am, and that perhaps any love she had for me would grow cold and would be withdrawn.
Can the same happen with Jesus? No. Romans 8:35-39 (NLT) – Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or are hungry or cold or in danger or threatened with death? (Even the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels can’t, and the demons can’t. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can’t keep God’s love away. Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Is Jesus out of my league? Absolutely. (He’s out of yours, too, by the way.) Is his love for me real? Look at the nail prints in his hands and feet. Will his love for me ever be withdrawn or given to someone else with me being left in the cold? Never!
PRAYER: The depth of your love is amazing, Jesus! Thank you for the words of encouraging reminder that Romans records for us – letting us know that you will never turn your back on us, that you will always love us. May we always see your love engraved on your hands and feet when we are tempted to doubt and become fearful. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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