We are created to receive and give away God's love. His love sustains us in our daily lives.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever should believe in him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16, NIV
God’s love and grace don’t get much good press in our media outlets today. We hear of wars and rumors of war almost nightly. We see communities where the love of many has grown so cold that sin seems out of control. Yet His love and grace always burn bright.
When tragedy or loss befalls our community, many of us may initially wonder, “Where are you, God?” We think that we should have already noticed His mediation in our trials. Yet, the more that we grow and mature in God’s love and grace, the more we’re able to see that He has been extending His love and grace to us since the beginning of our troubles. He loves us so much that He sent Jesus to each of us, independently, with the offer of abundant eternal life. Our believing response to Jesus gives us the grace to trust Him in the middle of all circumstances, knowing that He means to give us that abundant and eternal life.
I recently spoke with a young mother whose daughter had been born with significant birth defects. The mother carried this knowledge from the time of the 20 week ultrasound to her daughter’s birth, and through a number of surgeries over three years. At the beginning of her trials, this mother experienced God giving her the grace of faith and love to trust Him through those trying circumstances. He allowed her to experience His initiating love for her, her husband, and their daughter. I had the privilege of meeting her beautiful daughter, who gave me a “low 5” and looked at me with a sheepish grin. For God so loved that He gave….
How do you respond to God when your circumstances get hard?
What do you need from God to be able to trust His loving grace in your times of trial?
Lord Jesus, let me feel and know the fullness of Your love and grace for me today. Guide me through today’s trials with Your eye upon me.