Trusting God’s Love
by Rev. Susan Britton
May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. – Ephesians 3:19
Ephesians 3:16-19 (NLT)
When I was in college, a series of events did not go exactly as I had thought they were going to go. As a result, I found myself furious with God. So one evening, late at night, I prayed, “God stay away from me. I don’t want anything to do with you anymore.”
The next day was a beautiful fall day. Red, orange, and yellow leaves sparkled against a brilliant blue sky. Yet, there was an emptiness in my spirit that had never been there before. A deafening silence echoed in my soul. God was answering my prayer.
As I walked back to my apartment, I prayed, “Ok God. You win. I need you. I can’t live without you. But just so you know… I can’t trust you.”
Immediately, an almost audible voice, gently but firmly replied, “If you really believed I loved you, you wouldn’t have any problem trusting me. But if you don’t believe I love you, you can’t have any part of me… because I am love.”
I stopped mid-stride. “Ok God,” I whispered back, “you win.” And the emptiness was gone.
That truth has followed me since that day, and this same truth is why there is comfort in the promise that God is with us. If God were only powerful, all-knowing, just, jealous, or any other attribute – and was not loving – that promise would not hold the same comfort. But God is love. Therefore, we can say with peace and confidence: the best of all is, God is with us.
How does knowing God loves you more than you can imagine, help you to trust Him?
Dear Father, give us the power to understand how wide, how long, how high, and how deep your love is. Help us to experience the love of Christ so that we can be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Amen.
Where have you experienced God’s love for you today?