I do not know if you have ever heard the song Jireh by Maverick City, but there is a line in this song that I want to point out. It states, “Wasn’t holding You up, so there’s nothing I can do to let you down.” I do not know about you, but I often forget that the Lord is for me. I am my own worst critic and sometimes I forget that I have a God who has been making ways for me since my first breath. This song lyric above states that there is nothing we can do that would let God down because there is nothing we could do to earn God’s love. It is very hard for me to wrap my mind around this concept.
Why would God love me enough to send his son down to earth to live a perfect life but die a sinners death knowing that I might not even choose him one day? That is a love that I am not worthy of, but one that I could not live without. Salvation is a gift, and it cannot be earned. If you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, however, you will want to do things that please the Lord. Jesus says in John 14:15, “If you love me, keep my commands.” Notice that it says if you love me, not if I love you. That is because his love for us never changes.
I often get wrapped up in the idea that God is mad at me because I constantly fail. I am a sinner, and it is my human nature. There is no version of me where I do not fail God. This causes me to feel like God is mad at me, even though that is not the truth. The problem with my broken theology is that there is nothing that I did to earn God’s love, so there is nothing I can do to lose God’s love. God just wants his children to come to him with every thought, problem, blessing, hurt, relationship, and care. He is a loving father that just wants the absolute best for his children. That is why He gives us the Bible. It is to protect us from hurt in our lives, but even when we face hurt in our life, he is still there to pick up all the broken pieces.
Nothing takes God by surprise and there is nothing we can do will make him love us less. So, friend, rest tonight in the assurance that God is for you, loves you more than you can imagine, and is working all things out for good (Romans 8:28).