“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that everyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16
A few days ago I took my two sons to Skyzone–an indoor park with trampolines, rock climbing, basketball goals, ramps, and other fun gadgets. As we were getting ready to leave, I was helping my older son put his shoes on when all of a sudden my younger son darted out of my sight.
A few seconds later, I had no idea where he went. I panicked and started walking frantically around the park to find him. Other parents could tell I was worried and insisted on helping me.
Moments later, a parent shouted, “He is up here.” I looked and behold, that’s exactly where he was. My heart finally stopped racing and I took a few deep breaths and thanked God I found him.
Before I was a parent, I didn’t realize how much our heavenly Father loves us. The Bible tells us he will never leave us or forsake us. John 3:16, one of the most famous verses found in Scripture, tells us that God loved the world so much He sacrificed His own life for us. Dwell on that unconditional love for just a minute. Isn’t that amazing?
I am an imperfect parent. I make mistakes every day. When I yell at my kids, I regret it and ask for forgiveness. But when my son is missing or in harm’s way, I would move the world for him. This love is so powerful. There is no other way of putting it.
If parents have this powerful desire, how much more does our heavenly Father? His love is pure. He makes no mistakes. He doesn’t yell at us. He is patient, kind, and loves us without limitation.
Think about the parable of the prodigal son. Before the son even confessed his disobedience, the Father ran and embraced the rebellious son who squandered all his wealth. Our Heavenly Father cares much more about who we are than what we do with what he gives us. He doesn’t want our money or possessions; He wants our hearts. The Father was just glad that his lost son was now found and they celebrated the entire night.
God rejoices when we put our trust in Him. While our family, friends, co-workers, and others in this world might disappoint us, God never does. He is perfect. His love is extravagant. If you are running from the Lord today, would you at least consider calling on Him? I promise you, He wants to hear from you. Let’s pray.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for loving us. Your love is extravagant, unconditional, and pure. We glorify you for being so good and holy. Forgive us of our disobedience. Help us to be obedient sons and daughters. May your kingdom expand in our lives and throughout the world. In Jesus’s mighty name. Amen!