Wednesday, March 18, 2020

How deep does God really love us during all of this?

How deep does God really love us during all of this?

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you.” John 15:9 ESV 

Just as God the Father loves His Son, Jesus loves His people. But in what ways? God loved Jesus without beginning, and that is how Jesus loves His followers. “I have loved you with an everlasting love” (Jeremiah 31:3). You can pinpoint the beginnings of human affection; you can easily find the beginning of your love to Christ. But His love to us is a stream whose source is hidden in eternity. God the Father loves Jesus without change. Christian, take this as a comfort: there is no change in Jesus Christ’s love to those who rest in Him. Yesterday you were on the top of Mount Tabor and you said, “He loves me”; today you are in the valley of humiliation, but He loves you just the same. On the high mounts of Mizar and Hermon you heard his voice, which spoke so sweetly with notes of love; now on the sea (or even in the sea), when all His waves and billows crash over you, His heart is still faithful to the choice He made in ancient times. The Father loves the Son without end, and that is how the Son loves His people. Dear Christian, you don’t need to fear death, for His love for you will never cease. Rest confident that Christ will go with you even down to the grave—and that up again from the grave, He will be your guide to the hills of heaven. Finally, the Father loves the Son without measure—and the Son bestows the same immeasurable love on His chosen ones. The whole heart of Christ is dedicated to His people. He “loved us and gave himself up for us” (Ephesians 5:2). His love passes all knowledge. Oh! We indeed have a constant and precious Savior, one who loves without measure, without change, without beginning, and without end, even as the Father loves Him! There is much spiritual food here for those who know how to digest it. May the Holy Spirit lead us into its nutriment! - C.H. Spurgeon Morning and Evening 

In this day it is so easy to be more somber than a room full of funeral directors.  People are frightened and in disbelief and despair over this virus.  I am not one of them for the reason that Spurgeon gives above.   I will go as far as saying that I have concerns.  But worries about it I do not have.  

Look. My God created the Heavens and the Earth.  He created the Universe.  He can easily defeat anything created by man.  It is, however, His choice to do so.  My choice is to follow His lead.  That's what I am called to do.  

Each day He gives me, I have but one job.  Do my best at whatever He says to do.  No more, no less.  If things don't go the way that I wish it doesn't mean that He's failed in any way.  It means that's His plan for the moment.  

I am to obey.  That's what Christian's everywhere are supposed to be doing. 

Peter and others obeyed in the face of the Jewish leaders, ended up in jail.  God still got them out.  Obeying was more important. 

John faced several trials before being banished to the island of Patmos.  The result was the book of Revelation. 

The peace that passes all understanding is only found in Christ Jesus.  

Take your fears and leave them at the feet of Jesus.  Then walk away.  Even if it's a hundred times a day, keep doing it until it stays there. 

God didn't give us a Spirit of fear.  Read it yourself.  What does it say? 2 Timothy 1:7 "For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline."

Suit up as it says in Ephesians 6. Put on the whole armor of God.  Get on your knees in prayer and you will find the peace you are looking for.

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