Caryn and her sister sat silently at Caryn’s kitchen table. Caryn raised her coffee mug to her lips, but set it down again without taking a sip. She looked at her sister and said, “I just don’t get it. I don’t understand how God can be everything He’s supposed to be.” She looked down at her hands wrapped around her steaming mug and said quietly, “Or why He would love me.”
It does seem hard to believe sometimes, doesn’t it?
There are days I don’t even like being with myself…so why would God want to spend time with me?
Fortunately for us, God’s ways are not our ways, and He does not see us as we see ourselves.
Don’t get me wrong, He knows us inside and out—the good, the bad, and the very ugly. But He also knows our hearts…and who we are in Him.
He has called us as His own.
But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you. O Israel, the one who formed you says, “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. Isaiah 43:1 NLT
And nothing can separate us from His love.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. Romans 8:28 NLT
It’s hard to understand. But we will never comprehend all that God is…all that He does…and the depth of His love. We just can’t.
God knows this. He knows we have questions, and often doubts. And those questions, and even the doubts can bring us closer to God when we bring them to Him.
Respectfully ask God your questions.
As we spend time with God in His word, we get to know Him. And as we’re ready, He shows us more of Himself and enables us to understand a little more of Who He is.
God gives us faith. And God grows that faith in us.
He works in us, opening our hearts and minds to understand more of His word and to mature in faith.
Listen for how He may be speaking to you.
Ask God to increase your faith.
The father instantly cried out, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9:24 NLT
God loves us and calls us His own.
His love is not contingent on us understanding Him.
His love is unchanging.
…even when it is beyond our comprehension.
Thank you for joining me here today. If you are studying Embrace Grace by Liz Curtis Higgs with us, we are in Chapter 2, “Embrace Doubt…The whole thing seems a little hard to believe.”
Do you ever feel that God’s unchanging and unconditional love for you is just a little too hard to believe?