Can you accept that in all its fullness? The Bible says so in many ways. Why is it we often doubt or misunderstand the fullness of that love? Did our Maker know we would not appreciate that love in its entirety if we did not understand the suffering that would go along with it? Face it! There are many things that happen in this lifetime that cause us to wonder just who we are and what we are doing. Do we really have any value in this life?
Technically there is only one thing that we have to comprehend that will give us the understanding that we desire. Christ died a terrible death to provide us with that answer even though we cannot grasp its necessity. On this earth we only have to believe in the truth of His Word as He left it for us. Surely we can live with that. We believe many things that we have not experienced personally – most of us have never had to wonder what the worst of evil would be like; we have not had to look at masked men with sabers in their hands waiting for a signal to separate our bodies from our heads. If we can wholeheartedly fear evil without experiencing it surely we can believe God’s goodness even when we don’t always see or comprehend it.
As children most of us will have heard and remember the song that we will carry with us throughout this life and never question it. As adults we just do not see it with the same believing eyes. How can we possibly grasp something that we personally cannot possibly comprehend? No one in his right mind would suffer as Jesus did even for those we love. Honestly, would we?
We read in the Word about how those who became His disciples did so without question and the cost that most of them paid – willingly, at that. Where did their courage come from? For just a moment let us consider whether we would do that for the children that we love. We are obviously going to answer that question with a wholehearted “yes”, but even as we do so we are praying hard that that will never happen. In the reality of a situation would we not even have to think?
It surely makes a good story, but did Daniel really choose the lion’s den rather than deny the Lord who loved him? In his day, King Darius signed a written decree that anyone who petitioned any god would be cast into the den of lions. The Word tells us that when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with the windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees…and prayed and gave thanks before his God (Daniel 6:10). We all know this story and its ending – Daniel was spared and King Darius decreed that in every dominion of my kingdom men must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel (26).
There are other stories that show us God’s great love for his created man: in the book of Daniel we find Shadrach, Meshach and AbedNego thrown into the fiery furnace only to come out untouched by the flames and causing many others to marvel at what God could and would do because He loved His creation.
While it is true that we are a long way removed from the days of the Bible and evil has increased by leaps and bounds, it doesn’t mean that God’s heart has changed; He still loves His children and earnestly desires that we love Him in return. He promised and still does – and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the age (Matthew 28:20).
Yes, Jesus loves me,
The Bible tells me so!