DayBreaks for 10/17/14 – God Always Loved You the Best
For those of you who remember the Smothers Brothers, they were a hilarious comedy act and singers (good ones, too) that I greatly loved! They were very funny, and for a while they had a show on CBS…until they became a little too political for the censors and their show was sadly cancelled. One of their common routines was that the would get into an argument about something totally unrelated that would devolve into a debate about who was the most loved by their mother. It was usually Tommy (who played the buffoon) who would get flustered and at some point would turn to his brother, Dickie (who played the more rational one) and he’d say (as if to try to win the argument by distraction): “Well, mother always loved you the best!”
We have probably all felt, at one time or another, that our sibling was the darling of our parents’ eye – that they got special treatment and that favoritism was alive and well. I know that there were times that I felt that way, and I’m sure my sister felt the same about me. It seems to just be a common thing between siblings.
The great preacher, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, once used this illustration: “A story has been often told of the fondness of parents for their children; how in a famine in the East a father and mother were reduced to absolute starvation, and the only possibility of preserving the life of the family was to sell one of the children into slavery.
“So they considered it. The pinch of hunger became unbearable, and their children pleading for bread tugged so painfully at their heartstrings, that they must entertain the idea of selling one to save the lives of the rest. They had four sons. Who of these should be sold? It must not be the first: how could they spare their firstborn? The second was so strangely like his father that he seemed a reproduction of him, and the mother said that she would never part with him. The third was so singularly like the mother that the father said he would sooner die than that this dear boy should go into bondage; and as for the fourth, he was their Benjamin, their last, their darling, and they could not part with him. They concluded that it was better for them all to die together than willingly to part with any one of their children. Do you not sympathize with them?
“Yet God so loved us that, to put it very strongly, He seemed to love us better than His only Son, and did not spare Him that He might spare us. He permitted His Son to perish from among men ‘that whosoever believeth in Him might not perish, but have everlasting life.’”—C. H. Spurgeon
Spurgeon draws an interesting observation; “He seemed to love us better than His only Son…” I’m sure that’s not true. God’s love is perfect and can be infinite for all of us, but an outsider looking in would be tempted to think that God was playing favorites by saving us and not sparing His Son. In reality, He loves us just as He loves His Son…no more, but certainly no less. And that, my friends, is mind-blowing!
John 17:23 (NIV) – I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. – Jesus
PRAYER: Thank You for being a God who knows when justice is called for and when mercy is appropriate! Help us not to question Your goodness when we don’t receive what we think is justice. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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