Knowing of God’s wisdom, and greatness and power are intriguing and attractive for me. The greatest draw however, the thing that makes it impossible for me to turn away from or to reject or to rebel against my Creator is His absolute devotion to my well-being. Sure He’s incredibly amazing. He brought the material universe out of literally nothing in less than the blink of an eye. Sure He brings good out of impossibly bad situations for those who love Him and who have been called according to His purpose. But savouring the truth and scope of His love for me, for us, for humanity makes me turn toward Him in a way that is like being drawn toward a powerful magnet. I can no longer resist.
People like Hugo look at my cancer and see sadness. Or they look at the tragedy in Somalia and direct their anger toward Christians. Their anger is never directed toward themselves for not preventing the tragedy; only at Christians because - um - because - well, it feels good to be angry at Christians. People like Hitchens have built a career on being angry at Christians. What atheists don't know is that we, humans are responsible for virtually all the tragedies and suffering while our Creator determines the results or the outcome. Nevertheless, sceptics and atheists see God, if at all, as small, uninterested, angry, weak and irrelevant to their lives.
Nothing could be further from the truth. They are caught up in a lie. They are caught up in the worst kind of lie; a lie that is not only going to kill and destroy them, but a lie that seems to them as the greatest truth they’ve ever “discovered.”
How can anyone fail to be enraptured and captured by the love of someone who is perfect in wisdom and power and glory, who is perfect in honesty, sincerity and caring, who is not only thinking of you, but walking with you and loving you with perfect love through every second of every day?
How could I not adore someone who wants to spend eternity with me, not because of who I am but because of who He is?
I know that as a parent, my children’s behaviour changes the degree of love and devotion that I feel for them. Oh sure, I know that “love never fails,” and I'll remain committed to them for the restof my life, but I’ve got to tell you, some days I’m so annoyed that I wonder if I even possess the ability to love.
This is not the case with our Creator. He can’t NOT love me. Circumstances do not, as sceptics believe, determine the degree of God’s love. Instead, the more difficult the circumstance, that greater the amount of love that God pours into those who follow Jesus. He takes every thing that we call bad, or in Hugo’s case, “sad” and uses it for good. Each and every command is for our good. There is not a heartache, a tragedy, suffering or sickness in which God’s mercy and grace and love is not amply evidenced to those who love and honour and worship their Creator.
“All good things and every perfect gift is from above, coming down to us from the Creator of heavenly lights in whom there is not shifting or changing like shadows.”