“O love of God, how rich and pure, how measureless and strong…”
Three bits, connected in my mind and heart. I’ve been pondering all of them as I go about my day.
The lyric “for You and You alone, awake my soul” was just about… too heavy for me yesterday morning in worship. I have been hearing God call me into deeper relationship with Him, for Him and Him alone, and that everything for which I strive and fall short will be added — slowly, perhaps, but surely — as I pursue Him, as my soul awakes to Him.
Confirming this, of course, is Matthew 6:33, “But seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
Added to the above is something a sweet friend of mine posted on Facebook. She first quoted Beth Moore‘s tough love statement, “God is more interested in our calling than in our comfort.” But tempering that, my friend wrote, “He also offers us the greatest comfort when we submit to our calling.” Ah, this is so true! Adding further depth and poignancy to this is the fact that this sweet friend was shocked, less than two weeks ago, when her baby girl was born with Down Syndrome. I can’t think of a better family for this newborn than my friend’s. Still, it is surely a difficult diagnosis. Yet, she is finding that, in submitting to the call of God on her life — to raise this tiny, precious life — He brings comfort. What a hard, yet beautiful lesson.
How vast His love
How deep His love
How measureless His love
How indescribable His love
How untranslatable His love
How powerful His love
How need-meeting His love
How tender His love
How beautiful His love
How soaring His love
How eye-opening His love
How rich His love
I find myself, more and more, wanting others to “taste and see” how good is my God. I have often wished that I could call down upon someone — doubters, especially — the beauty and power and depth of God’s love. “If only s/he could experience the love of God, only for a few moments, then all questions would be put to rest…” I have thought this when someone wants to debate the merits and worth of Christianity with me, and point out apparent flaws and inconsistencies in Scripture. Such little is accomplished in that sort of dialogue! Not that apologetics are worthless; they have their valuable place. But, no one can be argued into the Kingdom of God. On the other side of the coin, I just completed reading a book in which a character unwittingly places herself in a situation of abuse because the family leans to heavily on the “inner light” and love of Christianity, and doesn’t measure the character and words of the perpetrator by the truth of the Word of God. STILL. At the heart of Christianity is the indescribable love of God, which must be experienced to grasp, and even then, one can never fully grasp it.
The love of God, like so many other aspects of Christianity, is beautiful and… difficult at the same time.