I’m on my way to the airport this morning but I had to stop and write to you. I was overwhelmed yesterday by the personal emails I received. Many of you are going through great emotional pain due to your circumstances. And yet, you’re choosing not to let Ole Smutty face steal your peace and your joy.
As I read each of your stories, I couldn’t help but wonder–God do they know how much you love them–right now this every moment? You see, I’ve discovered lately that God not only loves us but He’s lovesick for us! Have you ever been lovesick before? If so, then you know that you just want to be with that person. You want to hug’em and kiss’em til their neck falls off. You love them so much you can’t hardly stand it. Well, my friend. The same is true of God. He is head over heels in love with you!His love is unquenchable.
Then there is ole Smutty Face. He uses painful situations to try and convince us that God doesn’t care. It’s hard not to listen when you have that hollow feeling in the pit of your stomach. Do you know that sick feeling? It’s like someone has punch you and taken all your strength. I know that pain, and I could sense that you do to.
No matter what has occurred in your past or what you feel right now, the Father’s love certain. That’s hope we can cling to. Isaiah tells us that God’s ways are not our ways and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. Even though the Lord may seem far away and uncaring, the truth is God has a higher purpose for our pain. Even though we don’t understand why he’s allowed our suffering, trusting Him enables us to keep our joy.
Sometimes, in my mind’s eye, I’ll crawl up in the lap of my heavenly Father and just let Him love on me. By this I’ve learned something about His love. God pours His love upon us without exception—no ifs, ands, or buts. He did not begin to love you and me at the moment we invited Him into our life. Nor did He begin to love us when we first started going to church or reading the bible. No. He loved us from the beginning. Way before we ever knew Him—God knew us and loved us.
Let the truth of God’s love wash over you today. Let it put a song on your lips and peace in your heart.
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).
God loves you and me. And nothing or nobody is coming between us. That’s something to be joyful about.