I don’t think we can overemphasize the love of God. He really loves us. I can’t fully explain it, but He does. He doesn’t have to. He could just make us be whatever He wants us to be and feel however He wants to about it. But in His infinite wisdom and love He created choice. He created the choice to love us and the choice for us to love Him in return.
Think about it. God is perfect. And that’s the best we can do to describe Him because He is so much more than just that. And He deals with us. He created us. He uses us to create things. And we’re not perfect.
We don’t acknowledge God very often. Some people never will. But He still loves us. He still chooses to use us. Isn’t that love?
AND, He sent His Son to die for us. He saw our sin and imperfection and how empty Heaven would be without us there and decided He didn’t want that. So He sent His Son to die for our sins, past, present, and future.
His sent His Son from Heaven to earth. Perfection to imperfection. Purity to impurity. And why?
Because through His Son He would be able to further relate to us. And to a God that is Love, it’s more important for Him to be able to relate than dictate.
Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!
God told the Israelites that He had a command for them.
This command I am giving you today is not too difficult for you, and it is not beyond your reach. – Deuteronomy 30:11
It wasn’t difficult, it wasn’t out of reach; it was the ability to choose Him, to choose a better life. He said if you choose me, you choose prosperity.
Now listen! Today I am giving you a choice between life and death, between prosperity and disaster. – Deuteronomy 30:15
It’s pretty plain and simple.
Everyday, most of us choose to believe that we have no say in what happens to us. While some of that may be true, we do have a say in how we handle what happens. The world would have us believe there is no right or wrong choice for our life. Newsflash, there is. And we get to pick one or the other.
There’s no need to roll the dice. No Magic 8 Ball necessary. No tarot cards or horoscopes are needed. You pick.
God has given us the ability to choose. Right or wrong? Life or death? Heaven or Hell? It’s your pick. So what’s it going to be?
What if the LORD had not been on our side when people attacked us?
I will admit, I went off on a bit of a tangent with this verse in my quiet time, but it just brought all these different thoughts to mind. I started thinking about how my life really wouldn’t be my life if God hadn’t been by my side. All the things that I do or don’t do have made me better, simply because of God at my side. So, that led to even further thinking.
A lot of times I think it’s easy to think to ourselves that Jesus was perfect so life on earth would have been easier for Him than it is for us. But, He left a perfect place, to dwell on earth amongst imperfection. That doesn’t seem very easy. We don’t like going anywhere when things aren’t organized. The show starts late. The wedding is behind. Time is ticking, it’s just not… perfect. And we hate that. Yet, Jesus dealt with our imperfection.
It’s easy to say, well shouldn’t Jesus have been able to live a perfect life? Jesus is God and God is perfect, so yeah He came and lived a perfect life in an imperfect world, that should be possible. But why would He do that? Love.
God is Love. And God didn’t have to leave Heaven to be on earth. He chose to. And where there is love, there is a choice. That’s why it matters so much to have a God that chooses to be present. Because when He chooses to be there, He is choosing love.
Love provides a choice. God chose to love, because God is Love. He chose imperfect people to display His perfect love to. I should hope we would do the same.
But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. – 1 John 4:8
I want to challenge everyone to think about this question, if not you, then who?
If you won’t do it, then who should? If you won’t do it, then who do you want to do it?
I have many goals. I have many hopes. I have many dreams. And I think about them everyday. And everyday I have to ask myself, whose fault is it if these things don’t get done?
It’s very easy to look at circumstances and assume they’re the issue but if we’re honest with ourselves, they aren’t. If you want to be a writer or a speaker, there are plenty of platforms out there to work towards those goals. What your occupation is really isn’t an obstacle to those things.
Ask yourself, is there really anything holding you back from doing what you were meant to do? Is there a need you see that you are confident you could meet?
Truthfully ask yourself, if not you then who?
If Not You, Then Who?
John 3:16 (NLT) For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
Unfortunately, we’ve distorted what love is. First off, God is love. A lot of times we see God as some judge to point out our wrongs and tell us what we can’t do. God is love and He is loving. Don’t forget that.
Secondly, love is not the ability to do whatever you want. For some reason, we tend to think that if God loved us He would let us do whatever we want. We think that love gives us whatever we want. Love is what we want when we want it, right? However, I’ve yet to read that definition for love, but somehow that’s the one we operate under.
I believe for God, love is investing in our growth. God invested a part of Himself into saving us from all of our sins. And to love us, is to want us to grow. And to grow means that things have to not go our way so that we can mature in life.
God loves us too much for us to stunt in growth, so He gives us opportunities to expand. Love isn’t doing what’s easiest for someone. Sometimes, it’s making the hard choice for them and for yourself. God made a hard choice. For He so loved the world that He gave…
God, teach us to love the way You do. Love isn’t getting what we want, but giving what we have to honor and glorify You. Don’t let us forget that. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
God always help us to understand that if anyone can relate, that if anyone can get it, if anyone can comprehend it, it’s You. You created an entire world of people to be Your children, and to know that when it’s all said and done, a lot of those people will never choose You is hard.
It’s hard to know what’s best and to see Your children daily not choose it. It’s hard to want the best for Your child and not be able to give it, because they didn’t choose it. You have to sit there, knowing that the choices they are going to make aren’t always right, but You have to watch them make them.
So never let us forget that if anyone can understand what we’re going through when we see people going down a wrong path, that if anyone knows what loss feels like, and what it’s like to want to give something so badly to someone and them not receive it, it’s You.
Let us never forget that You have experienced it all for us. Not because You had to, but because You wanted us to be that much closer to You. Because You believed it was better to serve a God that can relate.
It was the better episode of the series because to me it depicted a great spiritual truth when it comes to spiritual warfare. Yes, Star Wars Episode III. As many know there is a Force and a dark side of it. Darth Vader becomes who he is as he allows himself to embrace the dark side.
As I watched it today I saw a wonderful depiction of the ongoing battle between flesh and Spirit. The flesh (dark side) will forever promise to be better than what you’re going through now. It will promise sex outside of marriage will feel too good to not have. It will promise alcohol or drugs will make you feel better. It will promise money will make life easier. It will always promise bigger and better but will never deliver.
Darth formerly known as Anakin had it all. He had promise. He had talent. He was the one. The Force was strong with him. But the power of the flesh’s fear promised him more. His fear caused him to act in his flesh thus causing him to lose the things he wanted to protect.
The Force reminded me of the good that God is. God wants more for us. He never asks that we fear anything because fear is not of God. The very flesh that causes us to fear is the same flesh that causes us to lose focus of God. It’s easy to give into the dark side. It’s easy to believe we are being held back from something better that we really want. But that’s what flesh has us to believe.
There is a greater force. God is with us in Spirit and in truth. And the moment our flesh causes us to forget that is the moment we begin to lose everything we fought so hard to keep. It is not God’s will for us to be losers, but it is our choice.