Psalms 34:4-5 (NIV)
” Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this.”
Today as I was listening to Jermaine Dolly’s “You”, I began to smile as I thought about how God became my everything at a time when I had no other person to call on for help. I was in a place where it felt like no blessings were coming my way, no matter what season the pastor claimed we were in as saints of God. At this vulnerable time I had to find another reason to love God because it sure didn’t seem like he was giving me anything of material value like scholarships, money, or enough food to eat. It wasn’t until I realized that God loved me in spite of my flaws and all that I was behind closed doors that I had adequate reason to love him. That was enough reason to love him, because he first loved me (1 John 4:19).
When we as Christians try to explain our reason for loving a God that is not physically seen, many people in the world think that we are crazy. It is not logical to them when we say that “you should love God because he is God”. If he is not in fact Lord over their life, they could care less about his authority. But if you were to ask someone do they feel loved by those around them, do they feel like they could lose the love of a loved one if they did something unthinkable, then we are able to set up a framework to introduce them to a God that loves without measure. A God that is alive and well and cares about our problems and doesn’t need anything more than our asking for help to act on our behalf.
My freshman year of college, I stepped on campus as a girl seeking to be approved and loved by the opposite sex. I felt invisible and just wanted someone to acknowledge that I was here and I felt that my importance was rooted in how many guys said hey to me or tried to get my number. I had a lot of internal issues: my self esteem was at a dangerous low, I had an issue with lust and my perception of men as well as a temper that if not checked would spiral out of control and burn bridges and I wasn’t too keen on saying sorry if I didn’t think that I was wrong. You can check out my testimony in my very first blog post but one day I just got so weak that I had no other self help strategies and had to finally rely on the God of all of my help. God first and foremost told me that he loved me and that he saw me. That was so very important because I didn’t think that anybody did other than my family.
I could go on and on but I will say that God wants you to love him genuinely not just because of what he can do for you.
Catch y’all on the flipside,