God Does Not Just Love the Perfect
Almost every day, I try to spend time in prayer and reading the word of God because it helps to keep my mind stayed on God so that I hold on to my faith when times are difficult. Sometimes as I meditate on God and his word, my heart leaps as his words jump out at me, teaching me, and uplifting me while giving me the strength to keep going. Other times, for long periods, it is as if I am reading a regular book.
Over I years when those, seemingly, dry times came to me, it was as if a part of me thought God was asleep. I tried to take my life back into my own hands, and do the things I wanted. Most of the time, I ended up doing something contrary to his will; it often ended up not as I expected. Nevertheless, God in his goodness was always there to pick me up and help me get back on course. His call on my life and everyone else’s is without repentance. His word tells me, he will never leave me or forsake me. Today, I hold those words sacred in my heart and mind.
When conviction falls upon me, even now, I wonder how God could have been so patient with me, still love me, and want to help me live a good healthy life. Unlike some fathers, He waited for me to return. How could God love someone like me? I ask myself, as I am sure a lot of others do also. One day while I put myself, down telling myself that I am unworthy of his of his love or his help, the Holy Spirit brought to my remembrance two things.
God is love, and he loved you and me from the beginning. That is why He came down in the flesh as Jesus to die for us.
Secondly, the gracious Holy Spirit reminded me of a man in the bible that loved God. Like me, he was not perfect. Although this man knew God’s destiny for his life and had been significantly blessed by him, he still made a huge mistake. This man had everything that many today desire, wealth, power, and love from those around him. Like me, his fallen human nature took over. He took another man’s wife, and after getting her pregnant, he killed her husband to keep his little mishap a secret.
Of course, many of you know that I am talking about King David. A king of the people of Israel in the Old Testament of the Bible; having so much prosperity, rest from his enemies, and no battles to fight, I guess he grew bored; (David had many wives and concubines, he did not lack physical companionship.)
I like King David because he loved God. He fell to his knees and begged forgiveness when the prophet rebuked him; he did not try to make any excuses, and most importantly, he did not live in his conviction and turn away from God. Although there were consequences because of what he did, he was still loved dramatically by God and lived a long prosperous life. David knew what he did was wrong, and from that, I realize that there are no excuses needed to please God. He knows everything already. Jesus paid the ultimate price; now I can ask for forgiveness, and move back on the right path.
Like David, sometimes there are unfavorable consequences, but also like David, God uses my pigheadedness for my good; whether to teach me something and sometimes He will even make it part of my blessing.
If you remember, Solomon, one of the wisest kings of Israel, was the son of the woman, he took, and whose husband he killed. 1st Kings 15:4-6 says, “Nevertheless for David’s sake did the LORD his God give him a lamp in Jerusalem, to set up his son after him, and to establish Jerusalem: 5 Because David did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, and turned not aside from anything that he commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.
I know God’s love and patience are real; I have experienced it in my own personal life. God is good, and regardless of who I am, he is always there gently nudging me to where he wants me. Now, in those times I consider dry, I remember that God is still with me and he is working in my life, although it does not feel like it. Which in itself is a great gift. He is not pushy and gently guides me in the direction He wants for my life, and He will guide you too if you trust in Him. Romans 8: 28 tells me, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”