I have a beautiful cat named Danny. There are those of you who will understand how one can love an animal who cannot always respond in the way that we would like, but we, for some reason or another, love them very much. There are also different times in lives when we learn and grow and often wonder why certain thoughts cross our minds or our path because our schedules are always fuller than we would like. Where do these feelings come from and why do we have or even seem to need them? Is it simply a life lesson that we must learn and our Creator chose this path because He knew it would be harder for us to ignore? It is true that many of us have children and have had the experience of loving and being loved and also times when we have had great doubts as to whether that love ever really existed. Are these times part of our growing into what God always planned that we would be; times when we might begin to get at least a partial look into how a Creator Father could possibly love His children, no matter what their response?
Before you decide this is one devotional you can do without, for the sake of kindness, please hear me out. I have to admit I don’t know what I am doing, but that is not unusual these days. Is the Lord who loves me trying to tell me something He wants me to share or is this just for me in a moment of retrospect? Friends, I am finding I don’t have the answer to many things these days, but there is one thing I am increasingly being made aware of – the Father in Heaven loves me very much and He wants me to know that with every fiber of my being.
So where do we go from here? It seems to me that the answer is something our whole world needs to know; that no matter how we are loved or even treated we can and should love our neighbor as God loves us. He knew in the beginning that we would have to experience these feelings, both good and bad, in order to grasp even a small particle of how great His love is and has always been. It is unlikely that any of us will be able to achieve this level of maturity; some have gotten closer than others, especially the disciples who had the experience of seeing the real thing in action. It is true that in all likelihood they also were not able to comprehend, but they couldn’t avoid the witness of the fact. Maybe their real responsibility was simply to pass on this knowledge to those who would come after so that some might actually glean the depth of this great love.
The hardest part of this accomplishment is that while love has grown so has evil. It is no secret in today’s world that the devil (I refused to capitalize that even though I have to admit he is definitely a reality) is using all his guns to advance his platform in the world before his time is over. As knowledge has grown so has the time allowed by God for our existence on this earth to diminish. I am sure that even though He still has high hopes He is, along with many of us, anxious for the time He knows is coming, when we who love Him will share with Him the greatest love we will ever know in a place we can only dream of.
You may be asking yourself at this point just where I am going and to tell you the truth I don’t know. I am just reminding myself once again how much the Lord loves me and how much He desires for us to love Him. Maybe it is time to take stock and realize that time is short.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved (John 3:16-17).
Thank You, precious Lord!