Precious Truth: God is Good, and He loves you.
Today’s Reading from The Word
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.
5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day. … … …
We look back at the Creation story which holds answers to the questions every human asks: why are we here, what is our purpose, how do we fit in the world which we see around us? And more, why is there evil in the world? What is the nature of the supernatural? These are the basic metaphysical questions that most people wonder about at some time or other in their lives.
And then in the light of that great statement in the Gospel of John, that God loves us and does not leave us in the predicament of our sin, where the story of Genesis left us, we begin to see that God is good. The whole of creation tells fragments of God’s goodness, love, and provision, but it is that beloved verse which plainly states the proof of God’s love for us: He sent His Son.
If there is any statement that sums up the message repeated from the first passages of the Bible through the last it is this: God loves the creation, and most particularly the human beings He made. God loves us, and this explains why He sent Jesus, His Son.
If we know nothing else of God, He wishes for us to know this:
“Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.”
I know this is the song we most identify with very little children, but I challenge us to sing this song- in all sincerity, now in our devotional.
We act, often, as if we know this well. Yet, I think we little know how we are loved by God; or how much. Perhaps that is why St. Paul prayed:
“For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.”