Know That God Loves You – 3
Know That God Loves You – 3
Another convincing evidence of God’s love is His presence with us when we are experiencing adversity. We must remember these facts; God’s love is unfailing, God’s grace is always sufficient, and God is with us during our adversities. He does not sit in Heaven and send the grace we need to meet our trials. He is with us during our adversities. Isaiah 41:14 Fear not, you worm Jacob, you men of Israel! I am the one who helps you, declares the Lord; your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel. God reminds us of what He did for the children of Israel that He also provides for us today. Isaiah 43:2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.
God promises specifically to be with us in our sorrows and afflictions. He will not spare us from the waters of sorrow and fires of adversity. He will go through them with us. Even when the adversities are those that God himself allows into our lives God’s goes through them with us. Whatever the nature or the cause of our adversities God goes through them with us. Isaiah 41:10 fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Paul reminds us in 2 Corinthians 1:5 For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.
Christ identified with us in our adversities when He confronted Saul on the road to Damascus. Acts 9:4–5 And falling to the ground he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” 5 And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. Because Christians are in union with Him to persecute them was to persecute the Lord Jesus Christ. You are in union with Christ just as surely as the disciples were in the time of the book of Acts. Because you are in union with Christ He shares your adversities. In whatever way we view our adversities we find God’s grace is sufficient, His love adequate. Nothing can separate us from His love. Romans 8:39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
God’s unfailing love is a fact what is affirmed throughout Scripture. It is true whether we believe it or not and sometimes we act as though we do not believe it. Our doubts do not destroy God’s love, nor has our faith created it. It comes from the very nature of God who is love and it flows to us who are in union with His Son. The comfort we receive from God’s love depends upon our believing what is revealed in Scripture.
Doubts about God and His love harbored in our hearts will surely deprive us of the comfort of His love. When do we have doubts about God’s love? Obviously during those times we experience adversity. When adversity comes between us and Him our needing comfort tells Him that something is wrong. We are just as dependent upon the Holy Spirit to enable us to trust in God’s love as we are dependent upon Him to enable us to obey His commands. We are responsible to obey in confidence. We are responsible to trust Him in that same attitude of confidence. It is just as important to trust as it is to obey. Abraham’s test in Genesis 22 proves God’s love. Abraham obeyed and trusted God completely. We will always struggle with doubts about God’s love during times of adversity. If we never struggle our faith will never grow. We must engage our doubts and never let them overwhelm us. David is a great example Psalm 13:1 How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?
David had his doubts he struggled with them. In fact David continues to struggle as he asked: Psalm 13:2 How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me? David really is stating that God has forgotten him. Saul had triumph over David. As David struggled with his doubts he overcame those doubts. Psalm 13:5–6 But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. 6 I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me. We must wrestle with our doubts. We must come to the place in our lives where we can say “I trust in your covenant love”.
The love of God is poured out upon us in Christ not because of who we are, not because of what we are. God’s love is poured out because we are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. The love of God flows to us through Jesus Christ. The term “in Christ” refers to our spiritual union with Jesus Christ. Jesus speaks of this in union in His metaphor of the vine and its branches in John 15. This is a life-giving union. Christians are united to Christ through the vine. The parts of the body are related to its head. We are spiritually related to Christ in the same way. This is a crucial concept that God’s love is in Christ. God’s love to Christ, His Son cannot change so His love to us cannot change. Because we are in union with the One He loves. God’s love to us can, no more waiver than His love to His Son can waiver. We can become very discouraged when we look for a reason why God should love us. We can become very discouraged and find reasons why God should not love us.
Scripture makes it clear that God does not look within us for a reason to love us. He loves us because we are in Christ. When we have the same attributes as Christ (Romans 8:28-29) God’s purpose is to make us Christ like. God does not look at us as “standalone” Christians. God sees us united to His beloved Son clothed in the righteousness of Christ. He does not love us because we are lovable. God loves us because we are in Christ and we act like Christ.
This fact should be stored in our hearts to use against our doubts and the temptation to question God’s love for us. God’s love to us cannot fail anymore then His love to Christ can fail. See your adversities in relationship to your union with Christ. God does not deal with us as “standalone individuals”. God deals with us individually as individuals united to Christ.
Can you say without a doubt that you are in union with Christ? If the answer to this is no then why not?