Sometimes God surprises us. Have you ever noticed that? He is constantly doing things that we are not expecting, and yet they still manage to be exactly what we need. I am finding this to be true on an almost daily basis. Although I do not deserve anything He has ever done for me, especially not all of the blessings—and salvation—that He has given me, God continues to surprise me. If anyone ever needed a perfect picture of love, He embodies that every moment of every day without even lifting a finger.
There is so much in this world that causes us pain. As sad as it is to think about, there is often brokenness, heartbreak, and misfortune around every corner. But that is the problem with sin. It distorts everything, turning our world into a place that is far from the Eden where God originally placed His human creation. It causes strife, and contention, and makes it difficult for us to truly understand the love that God has for us, the love that He has created for us to have for each other.
Out of that brokenness, and the hardships (however small) that have shaped my life, I often find it hard to truly grasp what that love looks like. Do you ever struggle with that? Do you ever find it hard to comprehend God’s love for you, or even the love of someone around you? I do not know why, but I cannot help but doubt that someone could truly love me that unconditionally, that unfailingly. I am so broken. I fail, often. And I know that there are times that I am hard to live with and do things that hurt those around me.
Yet God never fails to love me. And what’s more, He not only loves me but He also blesses me. He gives me a better life than anything I could have ever asked for or imagined. Isn’t that amazing? Doesn’t that just make you want to praise Him until you no longer have breath? He is the reason that I get to do the things that I love. He is the reason that I have food to eat, and clothes to wear, and a place to live. He is the reason I have a family who loves me, and friends who I can live and laugh with. He is the reason I have a boyfriend who daily gives me just a tiny glimpse into what Christ’s love looks like.
Awhile back, I studied Jeremiah 32:38-41 as a part of my devotions, and I cannot help but apply that verse to this topic. The Christian Standard Bible version says “They will be my people, and I will be their God. I will give them integrity of heart and action, so that they will fear me always, for their good and for the good of their descendants after them. I will make a permanent covenant with them: I will never turn away from doing good to them, and I will put fear of me in their hearts so they will never again turn away from me. I will take delight in them and do what is good for them, and with all my heart and mind I will faithfully plant them in this land.” I know that there are other verses that show of God’s love for us, but that verse is just so much more meaningful to me because of the context that surrounds it. At the time of Jeremiah’s book, Jerusalem and God’s people had been attacked by the Babylonians, and everything seemed to be going wrong for them. Even though the Jews had turned away from the Lord, and He had allowed them to fall into hardship at the hands of the Babylonians, He had not forsaken them. He promised to “never turn away from doing good to them” and to “take delight in them and do what is good for them” (v. 40-41).
Now, as we get closer and closer to Easter, we see a perfect picture of how God did that for us. Even though we have failed Him over and over again, and have turned away from Him countless times in the thousands of years since Jeremiah wrote those words, God sent His one and only Son to die for us. He allowed Him to face so much cruelty, to be beaten and bruised, spit on, ridiculed, and nailed to a cross, all to show us the great love He has for us. And that is something I will never truly comprehend. But thankfully, I do not have to. God will continue to love me anyway, more and more than I will ever begin to understand.
And the best part is, He loves you that way too.