Last week, we started thinking about what love meant to us. This week I am going to briefly continue with this thought:
I think knowing the personal, affectionate, tender love God has for every one of us is the most important thing we can experience and take part in during our lives. We have all been designed with the capacity and the instinctual need for love. If we don’t understand, or don’t know God’s love that is just for us, we will undoubtedly search for it high and low in other places. God doesn’t just love you, He adores you.
People search for love in relationships, jobs, families, friends, peers, substances…you name it. We were created for love on this earth, and many times people can fill this need. Partially. As we all know, because true love isn’t a feeling, we are disappointed from time to time because our need for love goes unmet or unsatisfied. I am here to tell you, that I too, searched for “love” in different ways, and it was only until I came to know and experience God’s love that I understood the key to true and lasting fulfillment.
When someone begins to understand and experience God’s love, the love God has just perfect for them, they begin to know that they truly have it all. Expectations will no longer be in what someone can do for us, because we have been filled with the absolutely, pristinely perfect love of God Almighty. Gone are the disappointments of man because we are completed in Him and the love He gave us through Jesus. I am overwhelmed as I write this, because I was such a knucklehead, and God loved me, and I mean actively loved me, in spite of me. And He continues to knock my socks off. I am so so SO thankful for the knowledge I have (and it is oh so small in comparison to this love’s vastness!), and I know God will show us more and more how massive His love is.
If you are thinking right now, “I haven’t experienced this kind of love. Or I want to experience this love!” Hang on, because as you explore these truths, God will show you who He truly is. He is horribly misrepresented on earth (He is only good!), and He gave us Jesus to give us a glimpse of what He is like and who He is. I have said before, God’s love is like a diamond. It’s beautiful, clear, the strongest “rock” in the world, and it has many, many facets.
I hope you have been thinking about what love is to you. Is it the provision a good parent provides? Is it showing affection and spending time with family like there is all the time in the world? Is it wanting the absolute best for your children? Is it being a joyous and faithful spouse? For me recently, it was is overwhelming (inexplainable, really) love for my new baby nephew. In that moment, I knew I would fiercely protect, love, guide, teach, (spoil!), and do what is best for this new life. Can I tell you God loves us waaaay more than this?
What is love to you? Because the more we study God’s love for us, He will show the parallels between our concept of love and His reality of being love, and even the better ways He has provided.
Last time, I mentioned the love I was shown from my own family. Today, I want to briefly show you a facet of God’s love. One of His names in the bible is Father. Now I know many people don’t have the best examples of fathers here on earth, but God wants so badly for you to know His kind of fatherly love. He is fiercely protective over us, yet is tender. Let’s take a quick look at this scripture.
In Deuteronomy 32:10-11, Moses is speaking to his fellow Israelites. He says, “God encircled him, He instructed him, He kept him as the apple of His eye. As an eagle stirs up its nest, hovers over its young, spreading out its wings, taking them up, carrying them on its wings, so the Lord alone led him, and there was no foreign god with him.”
I absolutely love this! It is the perfect snapshot of our Father’s character and love for us. God encircles us: He goes before us, He is behind us, and if you have said ‘yes!’ To Him, He is in us. The Creator of the universe encircles us; walks with us! He teaches us, like a good Father does. Proverbs 4:2 says our Dad gives us good guidance.
I can see the fierce protective nature of the eagle–shelters, lifts up, carries, and leads its young. (even if you don’t consider yourself young, this applies to you!) Isn’t that good? Picture God protecting His chickadees in this way! We could stop there and be satisfied, and yet we also see the tender love from a Dad, in His words, “I keep you as the apple of my eye.” Wow. And I thought it was Stevie Wonder who coined this one! 😉 Who’d have thought it was originally in the bible?? I love that! When I read this phrase, I hear an extraordinarily proud Dad, who wants to show off His kids. He wants what’s absolutely best for them. He keeps us in this upstanding position as the apple of His eye. He proudly lifts us up, and says, “See this one? She/He is amazing! Oh, I love her/him so much. She/He is just perfect.” What does this phrase say to you? What do you picture when you imagine God saying this phrase to you, lifting you up?
Start to think about this picture, speak it over you and your life (“God protects me, He guides me, He uplifts me, and He keeps me as the apple of His eye.”), and ask God to show you what this love is all about. When we think of love, God has more for us than we can even imagine. There is a prayer in Ephesians 3 that talks about knowing, understanding, experiencing the vast dimensions of God’s love. This is of the utmost of importance!! It will change your life for the better. It will add to you, protect you, guide you and nurture you. Take time right now and think about your own experiences here. God is faithful, and He is always always always working to show us His love, that has been, and always is, pouring out to us in full force!
Have an awesome Wednesday!