God Really does Love you
A very familiar verse of Scripture is John 3:16 which declares that God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life. This Scripture is very encouraging because even if an individual were the only one in the world God still would have sent his only begotten son to die for that individual. God’s love for us is so great that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.
That would be the same as a person giving their life for their enemy. Many people today may find it hard to believe that God loves them because of the life they are living. So like Adam and Eve who hid themselves amongst the trees after they had sinned, people today hide also because they don’t understand the love that God has for them. Many people think that God is in heaven looking down waiting for them to mess up so that he can zap them, but this could not be more further from the truth because God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world but that the world through him might be saved John 3:17.
Saved from what one may ask? Saved from sin, saved from sickness and disease, saved from poverty and saved from oneself because left to our own decisions for life, we would be most miserable. Many times the love of God will allow a person to achieve success and follow their own dream only to find out there is no happiness without God. A parent may allow their rebellious child to go their own way in order to find out through all the trouble that they encounter that the parent really does love them. God’s love is not a pass to keep one from experiencing trouble because Jesus said in the world you shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer for I have overcome the world. So we see that trouble does not mean God does not love us, but it’s a chance for him to prove how much that he does by coming to our rescue.
First Corinthians 10:13 declares there is no temptation taken you but such as is common to man but God is faithful who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able but will with the temptation make a way for you to escape that you may be able to bear it. God’s love empowers one to smile when life’s problems do not dictate a smile and to be at peace in un-peaceful situations. In John chapter 11 we find Mary and Martha sending for Jesus, and the Bible says that Jesus loved Mary Martha and Lazarus. But in spite of that love for them Lazarus still got sick and Mary and Martha still had to deal with pressure.
Finally Jesus did not come when Mary and Martha thought that he should have and Lazarus died. Many times things in our life become worse and worse but God’s love for us does not allow him to come when we want him to, but to come in his own time, by his own way and in his own power. His love gives us more than we could even ask or think. After four days Lazarus was raised from the dead and this was very significant because a miracle of this magnitude had never been done. God’s love for us will allow us to receive things we’ve never had before if we will only trust that love.