DayBreaks for 08/21/19: Herein Is Love
From the DayBreaks archive, August 2009:
Have you ever stopped to ponder the variety of ways in which God chooses to show us His love for us? I am highly confident that the ways and means He uses to show us His love are innumerable and as infinite as the stars of the sky or the sand of the seashore. Yet, sometimes we still wonder if He really, honestly, truly loves us.
Flowers can speak to us of how He longs to whisper to us. Mountain vistas that He created were made to sweep us off our feet. The vastness of the universe on a cold, clear night speaks to us not only of His greatness, but of our importance to Him that caused the Psalmist to wonder aloud how amazing it was that He should care about and “visit” us. The touch of a lover’s hand upon the skin excites us as does the gentleness of the breeze borne of the Spirit. In all these things, and so many more, He speaks love to us.
Donald McDonald, in Behold Your God (1995), perhaps captured the thing that most ultimately is the proof of His love. He said, “In the last analysis, God expresses His love for us not by putting another to suffer in our place, but by Himself taking our place. He meets the whole cost of our forgiveness in Himself, exacting it of Himself. He demands the ransom. He provides the ransom. He becomes the ransom. Herein is love.”
That God provided someone to suffer in our place is not the greatest measure of His love for us. God could have commanded the archangel Michael to come to earth and die on a cross. We don’t know for sure, but we must all assume that Michael, along with the balance of the heavenly host, are all without sin. Could they not have been the sacrifice? Why not? Why didn’t God send one of them to suffer in our place? To my very limited way of thinking, I have to believe that He didn’t do that because it wouldn’t speak to us of His love for us if He’d sent someone else, and secondly that it is not in keeping with His nature to not love to the “Nth” degree in a personal way.
If a father is watching a drowning child struggle in the middle of a lake, would the loving thing be for the father to ask someone else to go an die in an effort to save the child, or to go himself? Which would be love? It’s obvious, isn’t it.
God’s love isn’t shown just by Him having sent someone to die for us, but in coming to do it Himself.
Today, live with the thought that He loves you far more than you will ever know or imagine!
PRAYER: For Your great love that is higher than the stars, deeper than the sea, and wider than eternity…Hallelujah!! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright by 2019 by Galen C. Dalrymple. ><}}}”>