Assurance of God’s Love
“The Lord is gracious and merciful”
Today’s readings: Is 49:8-15; Ps 145:8-18; John 5:17-30
Today’s reading contains one of the most important, memorable, poignant and marvelous passages in the Bible. “But Zion said, ‘The Lord has forsaken me; my Lord has forgotten me.’ Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb? Even should she forget, I will never forget you.” (Is 49:14-15). This speaks about God’s covenant love for His people. It is all about unilateral, unconditional, self-sacrificial love. Mothers know all about this, as they carry, bear, nurse and raise their children. But human as mothers are, they can still neglect or reject their offspring. But God never will.
It is so important to know about God’s love in times of great difficulties and trials. At such times, we call out to God and it seems He is not there, or He has forgotten us, or He is no longer interested in helping us. Perish the thought. God is always there. God is the one person who will never abandon or forget His people.
What a wonderful blessing then is it for us to be in covenant with such a God. And so we should always look confidently to Him, and be assured of His great love for and faithfulness to us. “The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in love. ….. The Lord is trustworthy in every word, and faithful in every work. The Lord supports all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down.” (Ps 145:8,13b-14)
Since we have such a God who loves us unconditionally, we should try to ensure that we remain connected to and rooted in Him. We must live out our covenant. We must obey His commandments. We must be submitted to His will and plan for us.
This was the posture of Jesus himself. “I do not seek my own will but the will of the one who sent me” (Jn 5:30b). If we are to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, can we do anything less?
Reflection/action: Consider if you are truly submitted to God’s will. Or are you still living according to your own ways, and moving according to your own plans and agenda?
Prayer: “You, Lord, are just in all your ways, faithful in all your works. You, Lord, are near to all who call upon you, to all who call upon you in truth.” (Ps 145:17-18). Impress these realities deeply into my mind and heart, and keep me always by your side. Grant me the grace to submit my life and will to you, knowing full well that in your hands my future is firmly secure. Amen.
God bless you all.
“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Phil 1:21)