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September 21, 2013

The Joy Lady: Here’s what really boggles my mind: God loves us

TERRE HAUTE — Some things simply boggle my mind. For example, it defies understanding how the upper portion of my body can endure a sweating, temperature-rising, face-redening hot flash while my feet are constantly freezing. It also amazes me that the pert, perky, thin woman wearing those adorably-fitting exercise clothes warns me that I need to wear loose clothing while coming to exercise alongside her. With mind-boggling speed, I replied, “Honey, if I had any loose fitting clothes I wouldn’t have had to come sign up for this exercise class in the first place!”

Other things boggle my mind, too. For instance, why does a round pizza come in a square box? As for that cured ham, what disease was it actually cured of? Is it still safe to eat? Who decides how to make bucket seats for movie theaters and high school auditoriums when not everyone’s bucket is the same size? Why do you “put your two cents in” but offer others “a penny for your thoughts?” Where did the extra penny come from?

But here’s what really boggles my mind. God loves us. He created the earth and all that is in it, on it, and over it in six days. He used a stuttering and bumbling Moses to lead his people out of bondage. With patience and faithfulness, God provided for the impatient and unfaithful people he loved. He raised up heroes in Noah, Samuel, David, Samson, Daniel and Elijah. He gave Isaiah the message of the coming Messiah. Then that Messiah came. Because God loves us.

John 3:16-17 verifies that. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

Then, in John 14:1,2, Jesus says, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.” When Jesus spoke those words, he knew he would have to undergo unbelievable torture and persecution before he would be able to return to his Father’s house. He said those words to his disciples, but he was also thinking of us as he said them.

The Message translates Romans 5:7-9 this way: “we can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him. Now that we are set right with God by means of this sacrificial death, the consummate blood sacrifice, there is no longer a question of being at odds with God in any way.”

Wow. God loves us that intensely. Really boggles the mind, doesn’t it?

Verna Davis, speaker and writer, maybe reached at vrdspeaks@yahoo.com.

 

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