I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.
When my wife and I first started dating and getting serious, my future mother-in-law was less than thrilled. She thought I was all wrong for Debbie… and she made no bones about the fact that she did not like me very much. When I asked for Debbie’s hand in marriage, all her mother could do was cry… not the response I was hoping for.
It was tough in those early days of our relationship when we would get together with Debbie’s mom (Debbie’s dad liked me just fine). I tried to love her as she was… but it was uncomfortable being around someone who did not like me.
DO YOU LIKE ME?
Have you ever had to be around someone who did not like you? Someone at work or at school or at church or in your own family… and you HAD to spend time with them. It is awkward and uncomfortable, isn’t it? It is something that you dread, isn’t it?
Let’s face it; we do not like to be around people who are disappointed, disgusted, and displeased with us. We shy away from encounters with those who don’t like us very much.
WHAT ABOUT GOD?
I am convinced that the reason so many people spend so little quality time with God is because, deep down, they do not think God likes them very much. Sure, they know in their head that He loves them, but they are pretty sure He is displeased and disappointed with them most of the time. Listen, it is a chore – not a joy – to spend time with the Lord when you believe He is negative towards you.
My friend, nothing could be further from the truth. God thinks you are terrific! He thinks you hung the moon (well, actually He did, but you get the point). He has your picture in His wallet and your name on His lips. He thinks about you every second and longs to spend time with you. He loves you with an everlasting love! He calls you His special treasure (Ex. 19:5).
“But Jeff, you don’t understand, I have so much sin in my heart. How could God be anything but displeased with me?” Remember, God is displeased with sinful actions, but He is not displeased with you. There is a BIG difference in the two.
God has blessed me with three wonderful daughters. I am so proud of them and love to spend time with them. I think about them with joy, not disgust. Do they ever do things that displease me? Do I ever need to discipline them for disobedience? Yes… but I am never displeased with them, just displeased with their actions. I would love them and want to be with them no matter what they did. They are my girls… and because they are my girls, I am well-pleased with them. So it is with God and His blood-bought children.
WILL YOU ACCEPT IT?