Begin With God’s Love

To know that God loves me overwhelms me at times. He carefully planned and created every aspect of this universe from the stars and planets that have fascinated people from the beginning of time to an array of flowers that brighten the world. Yet, He created people very special – in His image.

God shows His great love through creation, and it doesn’t take much to notice how amazing His work is. I was recently staying at the Oregon coast, and from my room there was a beautiful forest scene. I saw spruce and pine trees crowded together like old friends, Douglas firs towering over clusters of ferns, some just starting to unfurl their tendrils, and red-breasted robins playfully singing under the ombré blue sky, delighting in spring’s arrival. Then, I heard the pad of footsteps as a child ran across the carpet of needles towards her father, laughing and excitedly retelling an encounter with a squirrel. God created all of this – nature, the girl, her father, me.

Psalm 139:13-14 says, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. “

God does not create trash. We are wonderful creations, made in His image.

Nature is evidence of the great lengths God went to to prove his works are wonderful, so how much more wonderful are we, whom He has created in His own image, whom He has individually formed and knows.

It may seem counter-intuitive to focus on how much God loves me as the first step towards humility, but I firmly believe this is necessary. To recognize that God loves me is to remove my works out of the equation completely. What I mean by that is that my achievements don’t make Him love me more. My failures don’t make Him love me less.

I can’t buy His love any more than I can bribe the clouds to rain. I can’t stop His love any more than I can halt the tides of the sea. I can’t diminish His love any more than I can dim the sun. I cannot change it, but it is guaranteed to change me if I accept it.

When I puff myself up or attempt to prove that I am better than someone else, often this is because I am insecure. In our world there are hierarchies, and it is difficult to not buy into that belief. But in God’s economy, we are all created and loved equally. That is the mindset that I need to embrace when I am insecure or self-righteous – I am no better and no worse than anyone else. That is the way the Creator views me.

So, if I find I am acting selfishly or have myself on my mind – worried how I will handle something or if I will be okay – then it’s a good reminder that I do not need to worry because I can rest in God’s love.

He loves me as much as anyone else.

He has a good plan for my life.

He will take care of me.

I am in his hands.

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