Are you going through a difficult time right now? Are you overwhelmed with a family care-giving issue, with another family issue, a job issue, spiritual dryness, or some other overwhelming issue? I suggest you read Ephesians 3:14-21. In doing so, you will become overwhelmed with the love of God instead of the current trial you are facing. This passage has always been a blessing to me. Hearing it preached from recently in my church made it come alive for me once again. Listen to the words of this passage and revel in them:
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom His whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
The psalmist in Psalm 119:68 says this to the Lord, "You are good and what You do is good." If we truly begin to understand the goodness of God and the width, length, height, and depth of His love; we can accept both the bitter and sweet experiences that He allows in our lives. The more and more we understand how vast is His love for us, the more we trust Him in all things.
Then we also grow in the fullness of God talked about in this passage. By growing in the fullness of God we learn of His sufficiency in our weakness. We also grow in our intimacy with the Lord, and we long for greater intimacy. We grow in our enjoyment of our relationship with Christ in our heart. We do not just possess head knowledge, but become people with a heart aflame for the Lord.
We are strengthened in our inner being through the Holy Spirit in this relationship with the Lord, and it enables us to experience a wonderful security and confidence in our identity and purpose. Run to the Lord daily for that kind of relationship! To Him be the glory!
I have included links to two wonderful hymns which speak of the depth of God's love for us who believe. Just click on the links below.
Oh The Deep, Deep Love of God is one of these hymns:
Another great song is The Love of God : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6B_jYtjvME
(There will be no new post next week. Use that at an opportunity to read some older posts. The next post, Lord willing, will be on or around June 19 or 20.)