Why would God’s never-ending love give someone joy?
Romans 8:38-39 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 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.
God won’t stop loving you no matter how bad or confusing life gets. Weather things are going well, or nothing seems to be going right, God’s love won’t change and that is the source of our joy in life. We are so used to being loved because we are loveable. We think that jumping through the right hoops earns our right to be loved. The problem with this mindset is that all of us fail and this would mean that we no longer deserve to be loved so we’re not. How sad would that be?
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
The good news is that God doesn’t love like the world loves. When God grabs your hand, He won’t let go no matter your situation. When our kids were little Thomas loved it when I threw him high up in and then caught him. I could launch him ten feet high and he would squeal with delight. He always trusted that I would catch him. I’m thankful to say I never dropped him. God won’t drop you! What a joy it is to know we worship a God who doesn’t make mistakes.
Now that Thomas is 21 he doesn’t want to hold my hand or go flying. He can do things himself so why would he act like a child? This is often how we think about our relationship with the Lord. It’s also why we miss out on the joy in Christ and the rest and peace we can have in His presence. So, take hold of Christ’s hand and trust Him, especially when things are falling apart. He’s worth your trust. He won’t drop you. You didn’t earn your salvation through hard work, so you can’t lose it when you struggle. Faith is a free gift, and it’s given once by Christ to us, by faith.
Do you find it difficult to trust God’s infinite love? Why or why not? What is the Holy Spirit saying to you about these scriptures?