Trust God’s Love for You

How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! 18If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You.

Psalms 139:17-18 NKJV

When we experience challenging situations, we may be tempted to doubt God’s love for us—especially if we believe that only smooth sails and happiness are the believer’s lot. However, nothing could be further from the truth. The absence of pain or trouble is not an indicator of God’s love for us.

Take a moment to imagine that you are on your favorite beach. Take your index finger and thrust it in the sand. Carefully pull your index finger out of the sand. Open your eyes and start counting. How many grains of sand did you count? Exactly! You could not accurately count the grains of sand on one finger. How could you possibly count the grains of sands on all the beaches in the world?

The purpose of the sand illustration is to demonstrate that God loves us more than we can imagine. Today’s passage reminds us that His thoughts toward us are good; they are innumerable like grains of sand. They are infinitely good! Even when terrible things happen in our lives, it does not change the way God loves us. David wrote in Psalm 36:7 NIV, “How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!” David and the other psalmists were so keenly aware of God’s love that they wrote about it 70 times in the book of Psalms!

Do you believe that God loves you unconditionally, that His love is everlasting and unfailing? He loves you just as much today as He did yesterday. His love for you is not dependent on how many things you do right or well. We have all made poor choices for a child of God, gone places, or said things that were not reflective of a child of God. Nevertheless, we are His children, and He loves us.

God “agapes” you. Agape is a love that knows no limits or boundaries in how far, wide, high, and deep it will go to show that love. If necessary, agape love sacrifices itself for the sake of that object or person it so deeply cherishes. Thus, agape is the highest form of love — a self-sacrificial type of love that moves the lover to action for the sake of the beloved. God demonstrated the most incredible love possible when Jesus died on the cross for you. Do not ever forget that!

So, the next time anyone tries to tell you that you are too fat, too skinny, too tall, too short, not educated enough, not spiritual enough, inferior, or undeserving – quiet the noise. Do not even deliberate over these things about yourself. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. We may fail, but God’s love for us will never fail. Trust God’s love for you.


Reflect
Talk with your family or friends. Describe a moment when God’s unfailing love for you left you feeling overwhelmed and speechless. How did that moment and expression of God’s love for you change your walk with God and your relationship with others?

Prayer
Heavenly Father, thank You that before the foundation of the earth, You saw meand loved me. I am in awe of Your love. Teach me how to love You and myself. Then empowered by the confidence of Your love and favor, strengthen and guide me to walk as a continual demonstration of that love to others for the glory of Your name. In the name of Jesus, I pray.

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