I’ve said throughout my blog posts that we first have to understand the love of God before we can ever even think about BN DA GLV. When we try to love others outside of His love we are literally just empty gloves. Even on our best day, when we try our hardest to be loving, that moron on the freeway cuts us off! “Don’t you know I’m trying to be loving, you jerk!” (Ah-hem… sorry, I digress.)
At the same time, I recognize that trying to understand the depth of God’s love is like trying to understand all there is to know about God himself. After all He is love, right? So, with my limited cognitive abilities there is no choice but to ask Him to show me; to help me get it. Just how great is this love for these humans you created? Just how great is your love for me?
Today was one of those revelations and I can’t help but share it with you. It was after looking at the story of Noah in Genesis 6. (My church is studying “The Story.”) From the very beginning of life itself God wanted a relationship with mankind. He could have settled for an earth full of mountains, oceans, trees, birds, fish and animals of every kind to enjoy but that wasn’t enough. He created man and woman and from the very beginning He wanted a relationship with them. He walked in the garden with them. He interacted with them. He listened to them and they to Him. But, Adam and Eve made a choice. And the result of that choice caused a change in their relationship with God. They couldn’t enjoy His presence like they had. They were afraid of Him and embarrassed and ashamed of themselves. But, even though they had chosen to follow their own ideas, God still wanted a relationship with them.
Fast forward about 1600 years to the time of Noah. In Genesis 6:5 it says, “The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The Lord was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. So the Lord said, ‘I will wipe mankind, whom I have created from the face of the earth – men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air – for I am grieved that I have made them.’ But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.”
If there was anyone who had the prerogative of wiping out the whole human race it was God. He had created mankind in order to have and enjoy a relationship with them and they had and continued to choose evil instead. It’s heartbreaking! Don’t you want to side with the Lord? “Go ahead, Lord wipe them out. It’s ridiculous what they’re doing down there!”
And then you see that little 3-letter word, “but.” Out of all the evil on the planet, out of every human being that existed there was one… ONE who found favor with God. ONE! So, God chooses to wipe out everybody except Noah, his wife, his sons and his son’s wives. Because of Noah’s righteousness the rest of us came into being.
What if… just what if… God looked at Noah and said, “You know, not only is Noah righteous, but from him is going to come ______________ (put your name in that blank) and because of her/him I’m going to keep my creation of mankind alive.”
The truth is that WAS His plan! Your life, my life, all of our lives have meaning and purpose and God didn’t wipe out mankind completely because He intended for our lives to fulfill His purpose. Even more importantly, He intended us to be in a relationship with Him! Mankind did grieve his heart… but His LOVE for us was so much greater than that grief!!! So much so that He made a way not only to save us from the destruction of the flood but to permanently restore our relationship with Him through His Son Jesus for all eternity.
It was that thought of being one of Noah’s descendents that revealed a new layer of depth of God’s love for me. It is a depth of understanding that makes me say even more emphatically to Him, “You’re the One I choose. You’re the One I want to love most in my life. You’re the One whose love I want to share with others so they too can know they are loved THAT MUCH!”
Do you know that you are loved that much? Do you? …cuz you are!