What does it mean to be loved by God, is it important for our daily life and how does it affect those among us that we love and that love us? I think you would agree that most of us assume that God loves us just as we assume that our earthly parents love us, but why would we assume such a thing. While it is true that it is just supposed to be that way, there are a lot of things that we assume that we find are no longer true of our world. Change of any kind makes a difference; a recipe can be changed by the minute addition of another flavor or even a little more sugar. Monotony can be boring or greatly satisfying depending on what issue we are talking about. I guess the biggest question is “have we got our ducks in a row”? While that phrase might mean different things to different people, for most of us it will mean is everything in its proper place.
God originally created mankind to love and be loved by Him; that is mankind’s proper place. How have we managed to get so messed up? Most of us have gotten the message that our parents loved us even when we were bad and they punished us because they wanted us to turn out to be healthy, wealthy and wise. They truly wanted what was best for us. Is it so hard to believe that the same is true of Almighty God?
We don’t go to the extremes that mankind once went to in today’s world. In biblical times men who served as attendants in the harems were often castrated so they could be trusted and became known as eunuchs. They were the lowest of low and yet – For thus says the Lord: To the eunuchs who keep My Sabbaths, and choose what pleases Me, and hold fast to My covenant, even to them I will give in My house and within My walls a place and a name better than that of sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name that shall not be cut off (Isaiah 56:4-5).
If you consider those words you might wonder and yet they tell us that no matter how we are considered by those who know us or simply whose paths we cross the only qualification to receiving the love of God is that we keep the Sabbaths, choose what pleases Him and hold fast to His covenant. It doesn’t matter how religious we look to one another or how much work we do in our local church; what matters is our personal relationship with our Lord and Savior. It couldn’t be more simple and yet –
John tells us – Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us (1st John 4:11-12). I’m quite sure the same thoughts pop into your mind as they do in mine. How can we love the butchers who behead little children and force young girls into prostitution? We are living in a world becoming more and more evil; surely that makes a difference in the rules of the game. It is sad, but we did not make the rules; God did. We must separate the evil that mankind does from the child God created. Yes, there will be earthly laws and their ramifications, but eternal punishment is not ours to give. Our return on the love granted to us depends on how we obey the laws set down by our Creator. There are tough choices and a fine line, but to please our Father we must put aside what has been done and look to the Creator for His law and His love.
Peter Marshall encourages us by saying that “He will make us according to the pattern for which, in His love, He designed us.”
Nearer my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!
Even though it be a cross that raiseth me.