Faith Focus: The God who loves

I should have been delighted – my best friend just told me she was pregnant. After years of infertility, this was truly a joyous occasion. But I did what many of us do – think only about how this was going to affect me.

I knew when the baby came, the relationship between me and my friend would change. She came into my life at a time when I desperately needed someone. We did everything together and she was my encourager, mentor and friend. I selfishly started to calculate how that precious baby was going to interfere with my time with her.

Later that night I was still thinking about it. I couldn’t sleep. As I thought more about it, I began crying because I felt everyone’s life was changing and mine was staying the same. My friend would have this beautiful baby to love, and I would be alone.

Then I honestly confessed all these thoughts and feelings to God. Before I knew it, the chorus to a popular song by David Crowder popped into my head: “And oh, how he loves us, oh.
 Oh, how he loves us, how he loves us all.”

I just kept singing those lines over and over and soon it felt like a chorus of angels singing in my room and the darkness of night shifted away. Soon my heart began to believe again what I always knew: God loves me deeply.

It did not matter what was happening around me. It did not matter that my friend’s life was changing and mine was not. It did not matter who I was friends with. Because the only thing that did matter was God’s love for me – the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God.

What are you hanging onto this week? How can you rely on God’s love to get you through the week? How can God’s love set you free?

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:37-39

Editor's note: This devotion is part of a special Faith Focus series focusing on who God is and what he does for his people.

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