The Mighty Creator King has wiped out most of humanity in a flood, eradicated nations, and delivered righteous judgment to countless throughout the history of our world. He is certainly a fearsome Being, more powerful than we could ever imagine. Yet, with all of this might and power, we often get so stuck on His aspects of wrath and justice that we forget what the Bible says is His very nature (1 John 4:8, 16). Yes, I’m talking about Love.
Before we get too far into this, I want to clarify that I’m not advocating for all-grace salvation where God loves us so we don’t have to change or do anything and can do whatever we want and still get to Heaven. That is clearly contradicted in the Bible, and I have discussed (and wish to discuss more) that balance numerous times before. With that little disclaimer out of the way, let’s enjoy a little reminder of God’s ridiculously amazing, reckless love for us.
“Therefore the LORD longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the LORD is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long for Him.” – Isaiah 30:18
I love that phrase: “God longs”. He is the Creator of everything, with authority to literally wipe out everything in existence on a whim while remaining perfectly just, yet He longs for us. He’s not some God sitting on a high and mighty throne, judging us for what we did wrong and throwing bolts of lightning down on all who oppose Him. No, in spite of all that we’ve done against Him (and that’s a lot), He longs for us. Not only does He tolerate our existence, but He actually wants to be with us. I don’t know about you, but I don’t feel like spending time with my sister when she’s being a little annoying, let alone someone who’s repeatedly cursed me, mocked me, and worked against me. It’s amazing how much love God has even for those who spite Him. Not only does He allow them to exist (a gift in itself), but He actually has a desire to be with us, putting forth far more effort than I do to bring the offender back to myself.
“No weapon that is formed against you will prosper;
And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD,
And their vindication is from Me,” declares the LORD.” – Isaiah 54:17
This is our heritage. This is where we come from. We are people of God, children of the Guy who breathed galaxies into existence. That comes with some benefits. As I just pointed out, He pursues us and fights for us. As our Father, He protects us, loving us as only a parent can love a child…recklessly. Without regard for His own well-being, totally ignoring the cost He would incur, our Daddy paid all of our debts in full without so much as being asked. Not only does He love us; He is love.
“For He looked down from His holy height;
From heaven the LORD gazed upon the earth,
“To hear the groaning of the prisoner,
To set free those who were doomed to death,
“That men may tell of the name of the LORD in Zion
And His praise in Jerusalem,” – Psalm 102:19-21
This is Who we serve. Not someone who is content to sit high above us, looking down upon us as we receive the suffering we righteously deserve. Not someone willing to observe the agony of the poor with only the words, “You’re getting what you deserved.” in comfort. No, He’s too loving for that.
I was tempted to just make this entire post a series of Bible verses, but I decided to add in a few words of my own just for clarification. Nevertheless, I felt it was only right to end a post on God’s crazy love with my favorite chapter on the subject. I’ve memorized this so I can repeat all the amazing promises found within whenever I need to. I hope you enjoy these reminders as much as I have:
1Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And all that is within me, bless His holy name.
2Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And forget none of His benefits;
3Who pardons all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases;
4Who redeems your life from the pit,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;
5Who satisfies your years with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.
6The LORD performs righteous deeds
And judgments for all who are oppressed.
7He made known His ways to Moses,
His acts to the sons of Israel.
8The LORD is compassionate and gracious,
Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.
9He will not always strive with us,
Nor will He keep His anger forever.
10He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
11For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him.
12As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
13Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him. – Psalm 103:1-13