Wednesday, July 21, 2021

God Really Loves Us

 Wednesday, July 21, 2021

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. John 3:16-17

God Really Loves Us 

Most of our problems in life are because we were not responsible in some area of our life. (Money, marriage, health, faith) As a child, most of us had boundaries we had to stay within and consequences to disobedience. As we grow, our disobedience grows and so does the consequences. Especially if we do not learn from our childhood consequences, or if we didn’t have any in the first place. Adult consequences are sometimes much more life changing and last a lot longer.

It is true that God does not usually remove our consequences. He may deliver us from whatever caused the consequences, but the majority of us still have to live in the consequences we have created for ourselves. Depending on what they are, this can be a very dark and lonesome place. It can feel like God doesn’t love us because of what we have done. He certainly cannot be rejoicing over us. He must not care about us because our cries are going unanswered, and the silence is deafening. But if we are His child, He never leaves our side no matter what we do. He never turns His back on us. He does not give us what we deserve – for the wages of sin is death. (Romans 6:23) Jesus paid the debt in full as far as God is concerned. We have been liberated from our sin by the lavish love of God. 

In Numbers 21:4-9, we read the story of the Children of Israel complaining and speaking out against God and Moses. The consequences to their actions were fiery serpents! They bit many of them and they died. But then God made a way just as He has made a way for us. 

From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom. And the people became impatient on the way. And the people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this worthless food.” Then the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. And the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD and against you. Pray to the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. And the LORD said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole, and everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live.” So Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on a pole. And if a serpent bit anyone, he would look at the bronze serpent and liveNumbers 21:4-9

God didn’t take away their consequences (fiery snakes!), but He did take away the ultimate consequence – death. The snakes were still there, but if they were bitten, they could look to the serpent that Moses had made and set on a pole and then they would live. 

This was a foreshadowing of what God has done for us, as Jesus said in John 3:14-15 - And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him may have eternal life. We sin, and the wages of sin is death. But Jesus, on the cross, paid our debt, which removed the consequence of eternal death for believers. We still die an earthly death, but when we turn from our sin, we have eternal life by lifting our eyes to Jesus and trusting Him as our Lord and Savior. This is the sacrifice of a Heavenly Father who loves us unconditionally, even when we were still sinners. 

But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us! 
Romans 5:8

All through scripture we can see God’s love for His people, even through their most rebellious times. He delivered, He disciplined, and He still does those things for us today. Hard consequences do not mean God doesn’t love us. It may mean some hard times, but He still loves us - and He even rejoices over us. Even in the ruins of our lives, when we turn back to Him and find our purpose, peace, and joy, He rejoices over us. 

As the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.  Isaiah 62:5 


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