Thursday, January 6, 2011
How He Loves
I love this song. I love to just close my eyes and think about the words. The video isn't great, but the lyrics are crazy good.
He is jealous for me.
That line always strikes me. A few years ago, Oprah had an episode on spirituality (of some sort), and she said, "I was raised a Baptist, and we were too hung up on traditional ways. I was sitting in church and heard that God is a jealous God. I asked, 'Why?' Come on, let's get over it!" She then wondered aloud what kind of God would be jealous of her.
I remember thinking, "Dude, he's not jealous of you. He's jealous for you." And that's when Oprah lost the little bit of credibility she had with me.
God is jealous of the things that keep us from him. The things that we give our attention to instead of him. He wants what we give everyone and everything else: love, time, attention, devotion, worship. And I'll admit, I do give my love and adoration to too many things that aren't God.
[He] loves like a hurricane; I am a tree, bending beneath the weight of his wind and mercy.
God's love is overwhelming. If we truly understood the weight of it, we wouldn't be able to breathe. And this is why I don't understand how people can spew so much hate on God's behalf. God isn't all rainbows and puppy dogs all the time, but he's not full of hatred for people, either. He loves you whether you return his love or not. For reals.
If his grace is an ocean, we're all sinking.
That's a lot of grace. Sometimes I think the stuff in my life is too much for God. That he couldn't possibly forgive me for all the awful stuff I've done (and the awful stuff I do). But he puts our sins as far from his mind as the east is from the west. His grace is more than sufficient; it's overflowing.
I don't have time to maintain these regrets when I think about the way he loves us.
It's difficult not to have regrets. To think of the better choices we could have made or how we could have done things differently. But all the things I've done have led me here. To God. To redemption. To you. I'm right where I'm supposed to be, and I'm sure it's because God's has been at work in my life.
Some people choose not to see God in their lives. It makes me sad. Everyone should know God. And I'm not saying that for any selfish reasons. I can't even think of a reason that could be selfish. There's no quota Christians are trying to meet. We don't get recruiting bonuses when someone comes to know Jesus. We share God out of love. Out of the knowledge of God's saving grace. The knowledge of his overwhelming love.
And, oh, how he loves us.