It’s a fickle thing, isn’t it?
We don’t want it to be. In fact, most people are desperately looking for a love that is guaranteed to last.
Oh, we promise to love our spouse forever but nearly half of all marriages end in divorce. We hope our families will remain united and loving from one generation to the next but we all know that doesn’t always happen. We believe our besties will see us through no matter what but…
So, have I cheered you up yet?
You’re probably thinking … what in the world is wrong with her. Aren’t we supposed to be all warm and fuzzy as we talk about love this week?
You know I wouldn’t start this discussion if I couldn’t give you hope and tell you about the perfect unfailing love that is forever and no matter what…
The other night I found myself wide awake for a couple of hours pondering and praying about what to write here … a relatively common occurrence for me.
I didn’t sense any clear direction so I finally gave up and went back to sleep.
But the next morning as I sat and read my scheduled Bible Reading, God whispered … “this is how much I love you!”
4 Ways You Can Be Sure God Loves You
1. God loves you – He sees you. He hears you. And He rescues you when the time is right!
The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honeyExodus 3:7–8
God’s people had been suffering under slavery and genocide. And it was time to act. Moses had been raised in the house of Pharaoh and understood the ways of the Egyptians.
But God had also allowed him to live for years as a shepherd and nomad to teach him all he needed to know to lead the Children of Israel through their wilderness wanderings.
Whatever you are going through, whatever has you burdened and enslaved … when you cry out to God you can be sure He sees, He hears, and He is preparing a way to help you.
2. God Loves You – at the perfect time He saved you.
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through HJohn 3:16–17
God not only showed how much He loves … He proved He is the very definition of love.
Perfect self-sacrificing love!
Love that saves and promises a future filled with hope.
And what does He ask in return?
That you and I would believe in His one and only Son, Jesus!
I love the way the Life Application Bible defines belief…
To believe is more than intellectual agreement that Jesus is God. It means to put our trust and confidence in Him that He alone can save us. It is to put Christ Jesus in charge of our present plans and eternal destiny. Believing is both trusting His words as reliable and relying on Him for the power to change.Life Application Bible Notes John 3:16
God’s love not only provides for our eternal future … His love provides a way to make today better, too.
3. God loves you – He gave you His Holy Spirit Inspired trustworthy Word so you might be able to know Him.
For the word of the Lord is right and true; He is faithful in all He does. The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of His unfailing love.Psalm 33:4–5
I believe the Bible is a miracle.
The Bible was written:
over a 1500 year span (from 1400 B.C to A.D. 100)
over 40 generations
over 40 authors from many walks of life (i.e. – kings, peasants, philosophers, fishermen, poets, statesmen, scholars)
in different places (i.e. – wilderness, dungeon, palaces)
at different times (i.e. – war, peace)
in different moods (i.e. – heights of joy, depths of despair)
on three continents (Asia, Africa, and Europe)
in three languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek)~ Bible Facts – All About God
Through all those details … from Genesis to Revelation, the message. of the Bible points to one single message … God loves you so much that He sent His only Son, Jesus!
There will always be people who try to “edit” it’s words and their meaning. A
But that eliminates the power of the Holy Spirit.
You must realize that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding, or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God.2 Peter 1:20–21
I believe … that same Holy Spirit is the one who still affirms, “the Word of the Lord is right and true!”
4. God loves you – He will give you everything you need each day.
Then the Lord asked Moses, “Who makes a person’s mouth? Who decides whether people speak or do not speak, hear or do not hear, see or do not see? Is it not I, the Lord? 1Now go! I will be with you as you speak, and I will instruct you in what to say.”Exodus 4:11–12
Moses response was…
“Lord, please! Send anyone else.”Exodus 4:13
The Life Application Bible Notes say…
It is easy for us to focus on our weaknesses, but if God asks us to do something, then He will help us get the job done. If the job involves some of our weak areas, then we can trust that He will provide words, strength, courage, and ability where needed.
Whatever God asks or allows He will give you and me everything we need one day at a time.
I”ll admit, I have to remind myself often that my needs are not determined by my wants.
The Life Application Notes offer a great set of questions to ask when you feel like you don’t have what you need…
- Is this really a need?
- It is really good for me?
- Is this the best time for me to have this?
Even when you and I answer “yes” to all three questions, it’s important to remember that our greatest needs are spiritual and eternal. And God’s “no” or “wait” may be exactly what we need to grow closer and more dependent on Him.
God’s grace, mercy, and love!
Love between imperfect people is … well, imperfect.
But God’s love…
Sees, hears, and rescues.
Saves from sin, death, and
Is in His Word so people might know Him.
That’s not just how much He loves people … God wants you to know, that’s how much He loves you!
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