Here’s a quick thought for your day:
Sometimes, when people say, “God loves you,” it doesn’t seem to mean what it should way down in your heart. In other words, we all kind of ‘know’ that God loves us. I mean, that’s His job, right? So what. It can kind of feel like when uncle Ned or Aunt Alberta tell you that they love you when you see them at Thanksgiving. I mean, I’m sure they mean it. I’m sure that those types of relatives really do love us, but it’s not like we are actually in each other’s lives at all. They love us as family without really knowing us or having to put up with us day in and day out. In other words, they love us without really having to like us.
When someone says that God loves you, it’s not like Uncle Ned or Aunt Alberta. He doesn’t love you in a formal, obligatory, detached kind-of way. God loves you passionately! He loves you deeply and fervently! God loves you with the entirety of His matchless heart! Psalm 18 says that when God saved us, it wasn’t because saving us is His job. It’s not as though the rescue mission for your heart was ‘business-as-usual’ for Him. Psalm 18:19 says, “He rescued me because He delighted in me.”
Delight! What a beautiful word. That word has nothing to do with job description. That word isn’t stuffy or formal. That little word, ‘delight’ is packed to the gills with sunshine and electricity! God saved you, not because it was His job, but because of His great affection for you! He doesn’t just love you. He likes you!