Putting Feet to my Faith - Episode 2
Do you know that God loves you? Like really, truly, wholly, completely loves you? I have been asking the Lord for what to say next. You should see the Google Doc of all the ideas and topics I have written down. And yet none of them have felt quite right. I’ve been working on that - and asking him to put whatever he wants me to write on my heart. I was at Campaigners a couple weeks ago and I realized it. Every topic, sermon, homegroup, and Wyldlife night has been putting the same thing on my heart...God’s love. And how great that love is.
But how do I convey that to you? How do I adequately get the message across, when sometimes I feel the need to just grab people by the shoulders, shake them and yell “He loves you” - this is just a season, or a hard point, or a bump in the road --- HE STILL LOVES YOU.
I could never in my wildest dreams do a good enough job conveying God’s love to you. It is too big, too radical, too all encompassing, too reckless. But thankfully I don’t have to. He already showed us, he already wrote it all down. He already completed the biggest act of love - dying on that cross. But I want to look at some other points in scripture that I think point to that love.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord,
“plans to prosper you and not to harm
you, plans to give you hope and
Even to your old age and
I am he, I am he who will sustain you.
I have made you and I will carry you;
I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
From the east I summon a bird of prey;
from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my
What I have said, that I will bring about;
what I have planned, that I will do.
At Campaigners we were looking at those three verses to talk about our purpose and identity in Christ. And yet I was just hearing the word “love” over and over. In my eyes those three verses show me how much God loves me. Because the person who has hope and a plan for me must be the person that loves me the most. The person that wants to rescue me must be the person that loves me the most. And these verses aren’t just empty words - they are promises. What he has planned, he will do. So the person, the God that can promise these things MUST be the one who loves me the most.
I read a quote that said, “He died for me knowing I might not ever want him. What a love”. I think it is safe to assume we have all been through a relationship where you have loved/liked someone more than they loved/liked you. And when you love someone and they don’t love you back in this world, generally, eventually your love for them might fade. Because it is hard to love someone who doesn't love you back. It is exhausting, and takes an emotional toll on you. And this is how I know that the love that comes from Jesus is a different kind of love. An everlasting love. Because even in the moments and the seasons where we discount him, where we don’t trust him, when we turn away from him, and when we say we don’t love him...He still loves us. His love never fades, he never grows weary, he just continues to push into us and pursues us like no man ever could.
I don’t know who needs to hear this. I don’t know who is going through a season of questioning if that love is there. I promise you that it is - because he promises us that it is. He loves every part, every flaw, every mark. Every sin, every falter, every bump. He is rescuing and sustaining us. He loves us so much that he has a plan and a purpose for us. He loves us enough to give us hope through every bad moment of this life.
Dolly Parton said it best - “there's a kind of love that God only knows” and I want that love more than any other. He is SO so good.
My prayer this week is that you will want that too. How can I pray for you?
Putting feet to my faith and saying Jesus I love you ♡Kaila Anne