Here’s a timeline to ponder today. It’s in God’s time, not ours. Remember, our days and years are nothing to Him. Trying to grasp the depth of this makes me very aware of the spiritual realm—the life we have that is our real life. I’m lifted out of the day-by-day, year-by-year measurement of our lives here on earth when I consider these things:
Even before he made the world, God loved us … (from Ephesians 1:4)
How’s that? We have no idea how this can be, because we are so bound by our sense of time.
Yet this is what God says to us in His Word—He loved us before time began. I only know that God operates outside of our earthly, limited dimensions, in a dimension that is not measured by our months and years—or even our linear sense of time. I don’t understand this, I cannot grasp it; but I choose to believe that what God says of Himself is true. Before time began, He loved me.
After God created men and women to live on and enjoy the earth, they chose to turn their backs on Him and live with no regard for Him. It broke His heart.
We were created to be in a relationship with God. He created us to be like Him.
But men and women made other choices, and when things got so bad on the earth, it “broke His heart.”
We don’t often think of God having emotions like sorrow and regret, but there it is in Scripture (Genesis 6:6 NLT). His heart was broken as humans decided to take a path away from Him.
He went to extreme lengths to re-establish a relationship with us.
Ah, but that “broken heart” phrase does not sound so extreme when we watch what God does to bring people back into a friendship with Him.
But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. (Romans 5:8-9)
Even while we were living as His enemies, He decided to come into our history, into our dark and corrupted world, and live and suffer and die as a human being who struggled with all the temptations we struggle with—all to even yet offer us a relationship with Him.
For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God. (Romans 5:10-11)
Today, ponder what love is pursuing you. Love that existed before the world was in place. Love with a heart that breaks when we turn our backs and go our own way. Love that is willing to come into our dark world and suffer with us—suffer for us. Love that rejoices and welcomes us when we turn around and go back to Him.
That love calls us and says, Come. And don’t be afraid. Rejoice in our friendship!
you have endowed [me] with eternal blessings
and given [me] the joy of your presence.
© Elaine Starner 2015
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