All Your Soul
All Your Soul
Some things should be so easy — and yet, we can have a way of making them so hard. How do we make things hard for ourselves? With our self-centered selfishness. Everything is about “I”, “me”, “my”, “mine”. When we don’t get our way — when things don’t center on satisfying our desires — we feel so put-down and abused. We might even feel God does not love us.
That’s when we need to hold on and look at the reality of our situation. We are the sinners — not God Almighty.
With that in mind, we need to remember the Pharisee’s question and Jesus’ answer in Matthew 22:36-37,
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”
And He said to him, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.”
But, if we feel that God has slighted us, it’s pretty hard for our sinful hearts to “love” Him. How can we love the God who “never” let us have what we want? ( That’s our sinful nature pouting. )
We need to take a look at the God who “never” does anything for us. He created all that there is. There is more wisdom in one little thought of His than we’ll ever have in a lifetime. He holds all the universe together by His power. He balances all of life on this earth so that every kind of atom serves a vital purpose — for us.
He cares for the procreation of all things so that there is food for all living creatures. He gives us breath, so that we cannot live one moment without His almighty power providing us with air. His wisdom created sight, hearing, sensations, digestive systems, skeletal and muscular systems — and more than can be mentioned. God cares that our beings can enjoy majestic mountains, sunshine, delicate flowers, and everything in creation that bespeaks of His power and wisdom. All that — not to mention all His fulfilled prophecies — because He wants us to be assured of His ongoing care.
This is the kind of love and wisdom that knows how to do all things well.
But, we all fell into sin anyway and denied the love of God Almighty. Such ingratitude deserves eternal destruction. But, God’s love found a way to right our wrong. His only begotten Son became the perfect Lamb of God by suffering and dying on the cross to pay for our sin. So now we are forgiven and justified through faith in Christ Jesus.
But, we still want to claim we are unloved???!!! Really?
That means we don’t have a clue about what love is. Love does not allow a small child to play with a loaded gun. Love disciplines, assists, and cares about teaching us what is right and good for our eternal benefit. When we care to think about our Lord’s patience, grace, and lovingkindness in every aspect of our daily lives, then He will teach us more about His love, so that we can better appreciate His love and learn to “Love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.”
Then it can be said of us, “We love, because He first loved us.” ( 1 John 4:19 )
Thankful for God’s love in the midst of our trials, we say, “Hallelujah! LORD, Your love is wise. Thank You for giving us what we need, instead of what we unwisely want.”
A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods.
Pray for our country.
The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.