Love The Lord Your God…
I have been hearing a phrase repeatedly over the last few days and I
find it so important as a defining point in the process of who we need
to become in Christ.
“God, I praise You for who You are.”
When we are able to truly say to God “I praise you for who You are”,
we unleash His blessings. We cease to hold God hostage to who we
think He should be and the attributes we have pinned on Him and we
accept Him, in Faith, as Creator and Redeemer and First Cause to all
that is. We trust His judgment to finish our life rightly and
purposefully. We stop making excuses for His Word. It is what it is,
it says what it says and we have no right to excuse it away.
We look for answers and listening for voices but God is not often
heard in the storms and we can be easily mislead by deceiving spirits
or left wanting for the lack of a response. Do we want confirmation
or truth? In the storm pray for strength, in the calm pray for wisdom.
He often, I believe, rewards our faith with fact. Because we trusted
Him in the storm He, in return, trusts us with His secrets, and the
humble grow wise. Please know and remember this there are no “great
men of God”. There are only pitiful, weak, sinful men of a Great and
Merciful God. God owes us no explanations, He owes us nothing. What
He gives us He gives out of love and out of His desire to bless us,
and we should be doing our work for the same reason relating to Him.
Evangelist Paul Washer said he was asked what the greatest sin is.
His answer was brilliant; wisdom from God. The greatest sin is to
break the greatest commandment. The greatest commandment is to love
the Lord you God with all you are; with all your heart and all your
soul and all your mind and all your strength – and not ONE of us does
that. We are incapable of loving perfectly. Perhaps that is the root
of our sin nature that we cannot love as God can.
That may be one of the greatest things about our Savior; that He loved
and loves, perfectly. There was never a moment – not the twinkling of
an eye – when Jesus did not love His Father in Heaven with all His
heart, mind, soul, and strength. As you sit and ponder that reflect
also that Jesus did not live one moment for Himself. Man is not truly
able to love unless he is living and loving beyond himself.
This is the thing, to love God for who He is with all that you are;
making no demands for yourself but praying only that God’s will be
done and God be glorified in your suffering or blessing.
God made man out of His abundance, not out of His lacking. God did
not need someone to love and care for like a pet. He created us to
share in His abundance. The Triune God is more than sufficient within
to exist in fullness without us. But God is pleased to share and
rejoice with us in the truth and righteousness and beauty that He is.
Love Him for who He is!
All of creation moans for that Day of Judgment when things will be set
right. When the lawless are forever accursed; creation will rejoice
at that moment that the Justice of God has finally come to the earth.
At the Judgment we will not look upon those who are cast into the Lake
of Fire and wonder how a loving God can do that. We will see them as
they are…as WE are without Christ. We will look on in wonder and
broken heartedness at how a Just God could allow us to escape judgment
by laying that judgment on His only Son.
Having doubts that Jesus did literally die in your place? Think about
this. The Jesus who knew the will of the Father and knew when men
reviled Him and knew the heart of Judas and knew not to trust the
people; the Son of Man with all the answers who knew what kind of
death awaited Him hung from that cross and asked the Father “WHY?”!
“My GOD! WHY have You forsaken ME!? He had lost the blessing and
received the curse; the curse deserving of a rebel handed down by the
Father…His Father…the one whom He had LOVED with every fiber of His
being had handed the Son the curse that belonged to me and you…
Don’t try to explain it, love God for who He is…