God's Powerful Love
"For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved." (John 3:17)
We hear many people talk about how much God loves us. Have you ever stop to think about how powerful God is? Joshua 10 tells a great story of God's power! Take the time today and read verses 1-15.
In the Old Testament, we can read about how God specially chose a group of people called the "Israelites" to be His children. When God stood with Joshua and the children of Israel, there was no kingdom on Earth that could stand against His people. We know how powerful God is. God controls the weather. He can send hailstorms, hurricanes, tornados, and floods. He created the whole planet, and His power is greater than earthquakes and tidal waves and glaciers. God controls history, too. He has helped some armies win battles that were impossible for humans to win. In the Bible, there are stories about many miracles that God did that we humans could never do! God has proved over and over again how powerful He is.
But what if God only ever showed His power, but not His love? But do you know what else we learn about God from His Word? God loves His people and He wants to deliver them. God is powerful, and God loves perfectly, so He must be just as powerful in His loving as He is in everything else He does. God's love is powerful.
Because He was their loving and powerful God and Father, God taught His people by disciplining them. When the Israelites obeyed God, then God would bless them with victory. They were small armies and had not been trained how to fight, but God helped them win, over and over again. But when the Israelites disobeyed God, then God would have to punish them for their sin. The Israelites suffered whenever they disobeyed God. One time, the Earth opened up and swallowed some of them. One time, God sent poisonous snakes. One time, they lost many of their men in a battle. But through it all, God loved them and He helped them when they turned to Him for help.
In the New Testament, we can read about when God came to Earth Himself. When Jesus Christ, Who is God, came to be born as a human being, He invited all people to be His children. He came to do the impossible. He was powerful enough to live a life without sin. He was powerful enough to bear the sins of men and the rejection of His Father when He died on the cross. He was powerful enough to raise up from the grave. None of us could have done any of those things!
Jesus Christ's life, death, and resurrection is powerful proof that God loves powerfully. He loved the world so much that He sent His Son into it--not to condemn it and wreck it and make a mess of it, but to redeem and rescue and deliver and save anyone who comes to Him and trusts Him to help.
God's love is powerful enough to deliver us from our sins through Jesus Christ.
» Have I asked God to deliver me from my sin?
» When was the last time I told someone about God's love for him or her?
Truth In Real Life
"I have been asked the question: 'Has God always given you just what you have asked for?' Oh no! For Him to have done so would have been great unkindness.”
Born May 6, 1864, near Kensington Gardens, London, Florence Rosalind Bell-Smith was considered talented even as a child. In 1885, she graduated from the Toronto School of Art and prepared to be a well-respected artist.
But God had other plans for Rosalind’s life. When she was twelve years old, she attended a revival meeting and heard the preacher preach from John 3:16. About that meeting, she wrote:
As he presented with great intensity and fervour the picture of the love of God, I yielded myself absolutely to the Lord Jesus Christ and stood up among others, publicly confessing Him as my Master.
From the time she was saved, Rosalind felt a strong tug-of-war between her love of art and her desire to serve God full-time with her life. She told the Lord that she wanted to get married someday, but only if the man was completely sold out to Christ. When she met Jonathan Goforth and saw how completely worn out his Bible was from being read so often, she thought this could very well be God’s choice for her husband.
Her love of art was overcome over time with a love for serving Christ. On February 4, 1888, the Goforths set sail for China, where they had great plans to spread the Gospel. Two weeks after they settled into their new home, it burned to the ground; and during their years in ministry, they lost five of their eleven children. But in the midst of all their trials and changes in plans, they found God completely sufficient.
Do you really believe that God is wise enough to plan your life? Do you believe His will is best, that it is definitely better than yours? Anything you plan for yourself is bound to be less wonderful than what God has in mind for His higher, better plans. God wants what will be ultimately best for your life, even more than you do!
Proverbs 3:5 – Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.