It seems to me that God really enjoys causing massive explosions of thought and contemplation to take place in us almost constantly. Just about the time that we recover from one revelation, we find that the Holy Spirit has introduced yet another confirmation of His love, by imparting to us yet another unveiling of truth that we never had brought into focus before.
Psalms 25:14 (CSB)
The secret counsel of the Lord is for those who fear him, and he reveals his covenant to them.
I can’t help but think of love demonstrated by a parent to a child as the older imparts morsels of understanding to the younger; bit by bit. Never too much to overwhelm the child but sufficient to engage and entice them to greater and greater understanding. I’ve come to realize that, among God’s greatest enjoyments is to do exactly this with us.
Such was the case with a revelation that hit me during a recent consideration of God and our relationship to him; just what that means to not only us, but to God as well.
We often fail to realize the level of pleasure God experiences when He interacts with us.
Wrongfully, we place God in a restrictive definition, where He sits on His throne and we are constantly groveling at His feet. This results in occasional disbursement of his providence, care and benevolence.
Understand that God LOVE US! He enjoys the time spent with us immeasurably. He loves us in such a way that He can’t wait for the next time He can demonstrate His love and care upon us. Just as that good parent does with the child thirsting for more insight.
Psalms 147:11 (NIV)
the Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.
The Lord ‘delights’ in us who fear him! Delights! Not just amused, entertained, or preoccupied; shear delight! Case in point, that image that we build up is vastly aberration of our own minds. God didn’t put it there; we did!
So, now you’re wondering where this revelation that started this discussion comes in. I’ll cut to it right now.
As God is eternal, so are we. I’m not going to explain this just yet so if you want to find out how I arrived at this, you’ll be forced to read on.
God loves us more than we can fathom. For real! Reflect on the examples of love in your life. The love of your spouse, child, parents, friends, and so forth. In every instance and at any point in those relationships; no matter how overpowering that love was or is; God’s love for us, is 1,000 times greater for us. You can’t put measure to it; it is simply impossible to imagine how much he loves us. Nor can we imagine how much pleasure He derives from having that relationship with us, or how deeply it affects Him when we are rejected by Him.
What? We affect God? A bit of a stretch isn’t it? No not at all.
Isaiah 63:8-9 (NIV)
He said, “Surely they are my people, children who will be true to me”; and so he became their Savior.
In all their distress he too was distressed, and the angel of his presence saved them.
In his love and mercy he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.
In all our distress he is likewise distressed. Reflecting on that parent and child example we talked about earlier; the parent is affected by all that affects the child. In fact, there are many cases where the child is oblivious to the potential for an oncoming affliction, while at the same time, the parent grieves inconsolably. The child is oblivious to the parent’s distress.
How can we trivialize our impact on God? We simply can not if we consider this immeasurable love He has for us.
God so loved that he sent His Son!
But yet, we will quote John 3:16, without blinking an eye and fail to consider all that lead up to that sacrifice. We fail to consider just what that sacrifice is!
How can I know that it is trivialized? Because I’ve done it myself. It’s so easy to do so, such a familiar passage that without thinking we can easily glaze over this morsel of God’s truth.
God is eternal. He always was, he always is, and always will be. He isn’t restricted to our boundaries of time. He is all the time, in all the times, we have or will experience. Furthermore, he is omnipresent and exists everywhere at all times.
If we consider these facts, it doesn’t take a giant leap, to come to the conclusion we also, are in a way, eternal just as God is eternal as well.
While we didn’t always physically exist prior to our conception, we existed in the mind and heart of God right along with Him, because he knew us before we existed. We virtually existed in consciousness.
That is to say, because God knew us completely before we were physically present, He at any point billions of years prior to the creation of the universe, knew us! He loved us then as he loves us now. He knew everything we have done then that we had yet to do, and knew then what we will do from this point forward. All of it!
And he loved us. In God’s reality ‘then’ he was seeing our struggles. ‘Then’ he was seeing our interaction with him; as well as the interactions we have yet to share with him in our reality. ‘Then’ he saw us fall and fail time and time again. ‘Then’ he saw his Grace applied over and over again, before the first offense.
So, in God’s reality, we ‘pre-existed’ before we physically existed on this earth! And we will exist from here forward either in the presence of God or removed from Him forever more. Hence, we just as God is, are eternal creatures.
Despite that He loves us now as he loved us then. Even though we failed him and hurt him over and over again, he loved us and continues to do so.
Bring all of this together and realizing that He knew what it would take to redeem us, His desire for a relationship with us, and not a casual relationship; would exceed the costs of our redemption.
So very much, that God’s Son, who was intertwined with God’s being and had never been separate from the Father, would become the vessel in which the impediment for a relationship with us, would carry to the grave. In the grave Jesus would obliterate with His consequential defeat of death forever. In the process suffering immeasurably, beyond anything we can imagine.
He SO LOVED us he sent Jesus to die in our place. So that He could be ‘THAT Father’ guiding us throughout eternity.
John 3:16-18 (CSB)
For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will 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. Anyone who believes in him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God.
A Divine intervention, conceived of before the dawn of time. The reality of God, expressed in our reality, to make a way for The Father, to be united with His Children.
Not a trivial at all!