DayBreaks for 08/14/19: How Can It Be?
From the DayBreaks archive, July 2019:
“O love of God, how can it be, that You my King, should die for me?”
How much has been written about the love of God? It really doesn’t matter – even if the entire universe were filled with the writing, it wouldn’t be enough to cover the subject! We believe in His love (most of the time), and we certainly WANT to believe in it always, but there are times when we just find it hard to believe that although John says He is love, that He loves ME.
Why? Why should He love you? Why should He love me? Is there something deep within you that requires Him to love you? Is there something special about my character that causes Him to love me? While we are all unique and special, is there something about us that God finds irresistible that compels or forces Him to love us?
The question of “How could he love me?” is a common one, even when it lies unspoken on the lips. It is also a question that I don’t think we can answer. I know that I often don’t find myself all that lovable. How can He find me lovable after all the things I’ve done? Sure, we can say it’s because we’re made in His image…and it is true that we are made in His image. But I don’t think that is sufficient to provoke love in His heart for us.
In his book, The God I Don’t Understand, Christopher J. H. Wright said, “We will never understand why God has chosen to love us, other than the revealed truth that God is love. It is simply and essentially God’s character and nature to love. That states the truth, but it doesn’t explain it. … The love of God is generated and motivated within God’s own being, just as the light and warmth of the sun that we feel on planet Earth is generated within the sun itself and owes nothing to anything the earth or its inhabitants can do – other than to be orbiting within reach.”
It is probably just that simple: God loves us because He is God. Period, over and out. And if He is truly love, as John proclaimed, it should not be a surprise that He can love even one like me!
PRAYER: Of all the things that You could have been, how grateful I am that in Your deepest nature, You are love! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright by 2019 by Galen C. Dalrymple. ><}}}”>