Have you ever spent the day correcting your child, getting frustrated because you have told them a million times not to do something? You may have even said, “This can hurt you!”, yet they still do it, over and over and over again? I have, so many times! A little over a year ago, I started having difficulty with Lauren. (I think she entered her terrible two’s a little early, although these twos are definitely “terrible.”) It seemed that all day long she would disobey, get into trouble, and get upset with me.
One day I was reading about the nation of Israel. They just kept turning away from the Lord and getting into trouble, but all the Lord wanted was their heart! This is exactly how we are as Christians! We get our eyes off of the Lord, get into trouble, sometimes we even get upset with the Lord about it all. In those times, the devil tells us that the Lord doesn’t want anything to do with us. He is SO good at deceiving us!
Now go back to when your child has been disobeying over and over again. If that child were to run up to you and want to hug you, maybe even ask forgiveness if they are old enough to understand, would you turn your back? Would you say, “I’m sorry, I want nothing to do with you, you rotten thing!” NO! (At least I hope not!) You would wrap your arms around them as tight as you could and embrace them with every part of your being! It completely melts my heart when Lauren wants to give me a hug or cuddle with me.
That, my friend, is a glimpse…just a glimpse of our Heavenly Father’s love for us! He is grieved when we don’t obey Him. He sometimes has to correct us. In spite of our sin, He loves us and wants the very best for our lives. If we feel that way about our children, can you imagine the depth of His love for us?
“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” ~Romans 8:38, 39
Blessings, Sarah Leopper