“Trust the Lord and do good. Live in the land and feed on truth. Enjoy serving the Lord, and he will give you what you want. Depend on the Lord; trust him, and he will take care of you. Then your goodness will shine like the sun, and your fairness like the noonday sun.”
Video: One Thing Remains
We sang this song in church a couple weeks ago. The line, “I am covered by the power of your great love” really resonated with me and I’ve been thinking about it for the last few days. Some of these scriptures about God’s love came readily to mind…
God is love – 1 John 4:8
Perfect love casts out fear – 1 John 4:18
Love covers sin – 1 Peter 4:8
Then of course there is the “Love” chapter in 1 Corinthians 13. Since God is love, I interchanged the word “love” in this passage with “God” to further capture his heart for us and how he covers us.
“God is patient, God is kind. God does not envy, God does not boast, God is not proud. God does not dishonor others, God is not self-seeking, God is not easily angered, and God keeps no record of wrongs. God does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. God always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres.
God never fails.”
My Utmost for His Highest devotion today, “Don’t calculate without God.” included a paragraph about God and Evil…”Does God really mean us to take no account of the evil? “Love…taketh no account of the evil.” Love is not ignorant of the existence of the evil, but it does not take it in as a calculating factor. Apart from God, we do reckon with evil; we calculate with it in view and work all our reasonings from that standpoint.
He goes on to encourage us to not “calculate with the rainy day in view.” He says, “You cannot lay up for a rainy day if you are trusting Jesus Christ. Jesus said, - ‘Let not your hearts be troubled.’ God will not keep your heart from being troubled. It is a command – ‘Let not…” Haul yourself up a hundred and one times a day in order to do it, until you get into the habit of putting God first and calculating with Him in view.”
Lamentations 3:22-24 says, “The Lord’s love never ends; his mercies never stop. They are new every morning; Lord, your loyalty is great. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is mine, so I hope in him.’”
Sometimes it is so easy to get sidetracked and distracted by things going on around us. Knowing that we are covered by the power of God’s love and understanding what that means, as best as we humanly can, gives strength for us to hold onto the hope found in him and to be His love to others in need.
What are some aspects of God’s love that have been especially made known to you?