This I Know

My little girl was sitting beside me today and she was trying to sing “Jesus loves me”.  She just couldn’t get the words right, so she turned to me and wrapped her little arms around my neck and said, “Help me sing it, Mama.”  So I obliged.

Sometimes God speaks so loud and sure that it’s as if the very Heavens have shouted it directly from His throne.  Other times, it’s in the quiet and unexpected moments that what He says is just as profound.

“Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so….”

You know I look around and think about a friend who has had to leave her husband and the only life she has known because he beats her.  She has to take her children away from a father they love.  But she knows that to keep them safe, she will leave and endure her son’s hate.  Because even though he doesn’t understand, she does.

Where is God’s love there?

I think about the missionary who lost his life, trying to save some teenagers who were drowning. No doubt he’d been praying for them, witnessing to them.  They were a part of his ministry. And now he leaves behind small children and a wife.

Where is God’s love there?

I think about dear friends who have been in a devastating car accident.  Broken in body and spirit, family separated, medical bills piling up, surgeries and much rehab in their future.  Children at home who need them.  A church that needs them.  A ministry.  A life seemingly not being lived as full as it once was.

Where is God’s love there?

I think about all the Christians being martyred for their love of Christ.  I wonder if in their last moments is there a small sliver of doubt? Or are they much stronger than I think I would be and are simply anticipating the loving arms of God waiting to receive them?  What about the millions of babies that don’t even get a chance to live because someone else made that choice for them.  A mother who has decided not to love them, not to see them grow. What about the ones dealing with a terminal disease?  The ones lost in a foreign country who have never even heard of God?  What about the homeless children?  The hungry families?  The ones who are steeped in addiction with no hope?  The people who just want to end their life, because it’s not worth living anymore?  A whole world of hurting people.

WHERE IS GOD’S LOVE THERE?

But what about in our everyday lives? When you just can’t feel God’s love?  When you’ve spent endless nights crying out to Him, just to wake up the next morning and the circumstance remains the same? When you just ask why.  Why?  WHY?

How can you even doubt His love after all He’s done?  How can you not know just how much He really does love you? How can you lose sight of such a great love?

Because you’re human.  Your mind forgets.  Or maybe it just gets filled up with questions that you can’t make sense of.

Well, it’s a good thing God knew that would happen.  Good thing He knows all about it.  Knew all about our frail minds and fragile emotions.  Good thing He left a living, breathing, infallible reminder.  His word.  For the bible tells me so….

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Romans 5:8

The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.  Jeremiah 31:3

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 8:35-39

How can a God that loved me enough to die for me, not love me enough to see me through? God put those verses in there not only for sinners, but for those who have experienced God’s love as well.  Romans 8 is written to those who love God.  He knew tribulations and distresses would cloud our minds and hearts.  That’s why he said NOTHING shall be able to separate us from the love of God.  Because He knew we would need reminding.

God never said we couldn’t ask why.  But He did ask us to trust His love even when we can’t see or feel it.  The truth of God’s love doesn’t hinge on my belief or non-belief of it’s existence.  Because it was proven thousands of years ago on a cross at Calvary.  It has withstood the test of time.  It has not lost its power because of moments when it is not felt.  It transcends the logic of scoffers.  It doesn’t discriminate.  It is freely given, even when rejected in turn.  It is sure and steadfast, even when I am not.  It is unchanging.  It will stand forever.  Even after all this world’s heartache has passed away.

Jesus loves me this I know.

Do you know?

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