DOES GOD LOVE YOU?
If you were asked, "Does God love you?" What would your answer be?
Stop a minute, please, and think about your answer….
Each of us have had different life experiences. Some lives have been sunny, some have been stormy. Most of us have had a mixture of sun and storm.
Yet, either way, can we declare with a certainty: GOD LOVES ME! I KNOW IT!
Isn't it good to know that God doesn't just TELL us He loves us with flowery, flattering words? He gets right in the trenches with and and walks with us through the difficulties…or in the sunshine.
The trenches? I'm sure you know them - the day you are diagnosed with cancer. The day the job dried up and was gone. The day you didn't know where the money would come from just to live life. The day of the miscarriage. The day your husband walked away. The day your child was in a life threatening accident.
Yes, each of us know the trenches. Yet can we declare:
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for THOU art with me." Psalm 23:4
God did not promise us a life filled with only flowers . He KNEW that life here in this garden of reality, would be filled also with thorns and weeds. He never said, "I love you, so nothing difficult will happen to you." Being in this sin-sick world guarantees us difficulties. Yet God promises to be WITH us in the midst of it all. His love is showered on us each step of the way - to guide us to the other side (YES, there is the other side) and to empower us to keep going until we reach it.
My prayer for us is this:
…that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have power to comprehend what is the breadth and length and height and depth and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge…. Ephesians 17 & 18.
'Reflections of God's Glory' copyright 2011 by Dawn Ulmer firstname.lastname@example.org
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