When you question God’s love for you
may we be reminded of the depth of his love and the lengths he went to in order to restore a relationship with us.
In our weeklong journey toward Easter, today is known as Maundy Thursday. This is a significant day in the life of Jesus, and so it’s also a significant day for us as children of God. Yet even as his children, we all have moments where we question whether or not he truly loves us. So today, may we be reminded of the depth of his love and the lengths he went to in order to restore a relationship with us.
Have you ever had a moment when you wondered if God still loved you?
For me, our older son’s cancer diagnosis several years ago comes to mind. I’ve also thought of my father’s death in 1979 at the age of fifty-five. At the time, it was hard even to admit my feelings to myself. But I knew that God was able to prevent our son’s cancer and my father’s death, yet he didn’t, so what option was left except that he chose not to?
And if he chose not to save me and my family from such heartache and pain, what does this say about his love for us?
When you question God’s love, I encourage you to make your way back to Maundy Thursday. This was the night when Jesus told his best friends, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death” (Matthew 26:38). He prayed three times that he would not have to go to the cross.
And three times his Father said no to his Son so he could say yes to you.
After saying to his Father, “Your will be done” (v. 42), Jesus then waited in the Garden of Gethsemane for the soldiers to come. He could see them as they marched out of the walls of the city of Jerusalem, down into the Kidron Valley, and up the Mount of Olives. At any point, he could have fled into the Judean wilderness and returned to Galilee out of their reach.
Instead, he watched and waited for the shame, the thorns, the whipping, and the nails he knew were coming. He chose to do all of that, for you.
This was all before you could do anything to earn or even receive his love. This was before you asked Jesus to forgive your sins and become your Lord. It was before your first act of obedience to his will.
Scripture is clear: “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8, my emphasis).
The next time you wonder if God loves you, return to Maundy Thursday.
Today’s devotional is written by Jim Denison
1. Is there something in your life that causes you to question God’s love for you? If so, name it. Tell God about it. Ask his Spirit to help you trust his love and experience his grace.
“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are” (1 John 3:1).
2. Picture Jesus on Maundy Thursday in the Garden of Gethsemane. Hear him say to his Father, “Not as I will, but as you will” (Matthew 26:39). Know that he chose in that moment to die for you and that he would do it all again just for you. How would you like to respond to your Savior?
“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).
3. Reflect on the events of that night: Jesus’ arrest, his illegal trials, his humiliation before the Roman soldiers, and the scourging and crucifixion that would follow. Recognize the depth of your sins and the depth of your Savior’s grace and respond with humility, contrition, and gratitude.
“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed” (1 Peter 2:24).
An elderly professor once said to me, “Son, be kind to everyone, because everyone’s having a hard time.” Everyone you know has reasons to wonder if God loves them.
And yet one of the ways that our Father demonstrates his love for us is through his children. As you go, ask the Lord to open the door to a genuine conversation with someone you know who needs to talk about something they’re facing. Then trust him to give you his heart for them and his words of healing grace.
Extended reading: Romans 10
As you go, ask the Lord to open the door to a genuine conversation with someone you know who needs to talk about something they’re facing.