The Miracle of God's Love for Us
- Sheldon Clowdus
None of this is a bad thing. We need to be reminded of God's love for us. The problem comes when the repeated refrain of "God loves you" is combined with the verse of "You are important because you are you and you have rights and privileges that come with being you" that our culture just as constantly sends our way. When those two ideas are merged together, too often the result is that God's love for us becomes less of a miracle and more of a right and a necessity because of who we are.
We need to go back to scripture to see the truth of who we really are and how important we really aren't.
At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored him who lives forever, for his dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom endures from generation to generation; all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, “What have you done?”
The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the Lord blows on it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.
For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust. As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more.
The truth is that, no matter what our culture may tell us, scriptures teaches that in the grand scheme of things we just aren't that important. Creation isn't designed primarily for us, it is primarily to demonstrate and display the glory of God. The bible is not a book about us, it is a book that teaches the character and nature of God. Even mankind itself exists first and foremost to be a testimony to the glory of it's Creator.
Consider all that and then factor in that while being created to display the glory of God our first impulse is always to glorify ourselves. We are constantly showering praise and worship on everything but God.
Suddenly the fact that this God loves us takes on a new light. What mercy! What grace! What love! That he would choose to forgive our sins, that he would send His Son to take our punishment, that He would choose to make a way to reconcile us to Himself. These are not our rights but are a miracle given to us by a sovereign Creator who, in no way, was obligated to extend to us anything but wrath and punishment.
And yet, He loves us......