“You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind…” Luke 10:27
Last Fourth of July weekend, we had a family gathering. And during this gathering, one of my husband’s cousin-in-law brought her new baby girl!
And she was only 2 days old!
You can feel the warmth and affection of everyone around the baby. Relatives took turns in carrying her in their arms and gazing at the baby.
The reaction was irresistible. We just can’t help but love these little babies. Some say it’s because we were “programmed” this way. They say it’s because of our instinct. It’s part of our nature to love and protect these precious little ones.
Whatever it is, it’ll probably remain a mystery.
And it’s the same thing with God’s love for us.
It’s a mystery. Something we can’t fully comprehend.
You see, loving babies is so easy. They’re so cute and cuddly. We’re just absolutely attracted to them. When you see one, you just gotta hold them and get your “baby fix.”
Now loving adults? That’s a different ball game.
Babies become toddlers. Toddlers become teenagers. Teenagers become adults.
Somehow, along the way, the ability to love this baby (who’s now fully grown) slowly disintegrated.
And as adults, we may sometimes feel we have to work hard to earn appreciation and respect. Or perhaps we feel unworthy sometimes. Or maybe unloved?
At one point or another in our lives, we might’ve felt that way. After all, the world is sometimes a tough place to live in.
I remember during my teenager days, I had a conversation with my Mom. I was telling her about my frustrations and she advised me to “Pray to God.”
Then out of the blue I blurted out, “Well, God hasn’t answered my prayers! What’s the use? I don’t think He even loves me.”
I looked at my Mom and saw tears welling in her eyes. And she covered her face with her hands.
She told me, “Oh my daughter, you can’t say that. That’s not true. You can’t doubt God’s love. You must confess that…”
Do you feel like this at times?
Or do you feel God loves you right at this very moment? The way a mother loves her baby?
If you know deep in your heart that God loves you – praise God! And the natural reaction to God’s love is to love Him back with all of our heart, with all of our being, with all of our strength and with all of our mind. It’s not “work” to love Him back. It’s the reflex nature of our human hearts to love back when we are loved. And this love overflows to others. Our God is a God of relationships.
If the answer is “no” or “maybe” – that answer is simply untrue. Because the Bible never lies. And here’s the reality based on His word …
God IS love. (1 John 4:8)
And because He IS love – He cannot deny himself from loving us.
And we are His babies. His children. For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:26
So the next time you feel God is aloof and distant…
The next time you wonder if anybody cares…
The next time you feel depressed or lonely…
The next time you feel underappreciated by your loved ones or co-workers…
The next time you feel frustrated or angry…
The next time you feel you’re not in control of a tantrum or a situation…
The next time you feel you’re tired because of unending chores…
The next time you feel you’ve lost yourself in your children …
The next time you have doubts about your future…
Just think of the first time you held your baby in your arms. Think of how that felt. That first skin to skin contact. That feeling of peace. The wonder and amazement in this child. Remember the love flowing through you towards the baby in your arms. Remember the tears that flowed down your cheeks because of this overwhelming joy in your heart.
And imagine … you’re the baby and you’re being held in God’s arms. And multiply that feeling by thousands of times.
And in the stillness of this moment … listen to His voice as He says, “My precious child, I love you. I love you with my whole heart, with my whole being, with my whole mind and with my whole strength.”
That’s how much God loves us.
And He loves us just the same even when we’ve grown into adulthood.
And you’re never alone. God is always right beside us. Because He’s crazy in love with us.
Why do we love babies so much?
Why does God love us so much?
It’s a mystery.
And sometimes, we don’t need to fully understand. Sometimes, we just need to have faith and accept the truth.
And receive His love.