Do you ever question the love of God? We all do. And still, God has proven his love forever through the giving of his only son, Jesus for us. That is God’s unquestionable love. In what ways should you trust God more? God is your ever-present help in times of trouble…
1 A prophecy: The word of the Lord to Israel through Malachi.
2 “I have loved you,” says the Lord.
“But you ask, ‘How have you loved us?’
“Was not Esau Jacob’s brother?” declares the Lord. “Yet I have loved Jacob, 3 but Esau I have hated, and I have turned his hill country into a wasteland and left his inheritance to the desert jackals.”
4 Edom may say, “Though we have been crushed, we will rebuild the ruins.”
But this is what the Lord Almighty says: “They may build, but I will demolish. They will be called the Wicked Land, a people always under the wrath of the Lord. 5 You will see it with your own eyes and say, ‘Great is the Lord—even beyond the borders of Israel!’
In the beginning of Malachi’s prophecy, God tells Israel that he has loved them, and Israel questions whether that’s true. Do you ever question the love of God? If God loves me, then how could this be happening to me?
God answers them, and we can look at his examples, yet my thoughts go back to the ultimate way that God proved his love. God sent his son, Jesus, to live the life that we could not live (sinless), to die the death that we could not die (as the sacrificial lamb), and rise victorious in defeat of sin and death. And God did this for us while we were estranged from him and in a state of rejecting him.
No matter your circumstance, God’s act of love in Jesus stands before you. Yet in our what-have-you-done-for-lately world we are always looking for new proof. Resist. God proves his love in sustaining our breath each morning.
For Israel, their existence depended on the Lord’s hand. He protected them from those who would make them enemies. He fashioned them into his people, and then proved his love and his greatness by watching over them. The Lord continues to do so with a promise that they will be part of his everlasting kingdom (Romans 11:25-26).
God is not flaky in his love and promises. He keeps them and he keeps us.
In what ways should you trust God more? Do you need to acknowledge his faithful love for you? Perhaps you are redirecting your anger at your circumstance in God’s direction. Remember, God is your ever-present help in times of trouble (Psalm 46:1).
God loves you!