How many of us really believe that – that God is good? Oh, sure, we say it, but do we really believe it? I’ve heard a lot of sermons over the years that made it clear that the one giving the sermon didn’t believe it at all!
‘God so loved the world’ – we say it all the time, even use that verse to ‘get people saved’.
But do we believe it? Really???
Another verse says God is love (I John 4:8).
How many of us really believe that?
You know, if God isn’t good, if He isn’t love, what are we doing in church? Why are we trying to follow Him?
Let’s stop going! Let’s stop giving Him all that time and attention and money!
Let’s just go once or twice a year for ‘makeup’ worship, and then get on with our lives!
You don’t think that’ll work? Why not? It worked for the Egyptians, the Greeks and the Babylonians. Annual or monthly visits to the appropriate temple with an offering, and you’re good ‘til next month/year.
Yeah, if God isn’t good, if He isn’t love, let’s go back to that kind of religion.
But if He is good?
If He is love?
Then, the only appropriate response is to love Him back!
The only thing you can do with a Good God who loves you, is to be with Him as much as you can!
To spend time just talking with Him.
To go by His side on whatever path He feels like traveling today.
To receive whatever gift He is giving you now (and there’ll be a lot of them, ‘cause that’s how love is.)
To reach out in love to those He is reaching out to.
I rarely dare people, as I think that’s stupid, but I’m gonna do it now –
I dare you to take I Cor. 13 – the love chapter – and put ‘God’ in place of ‘love’, and read it out loud. And listen! You may be surprised at how that changes your view of God.
May you be blessed with knowing Him who loves us on an increasingly intimate level, all the days of your life.