In the Midst of His Love :: By John Lysaught

I feel so honored and blessed to be a child of God. The decision I, and you made to accept and follow Christ was hands-down the best decision ever made in our existence. This unbelievable love God has for us is unexplainable to the unbeliever, but we have it and know it in the depths of our souls. The apostle Paul tells us and reminds us in Romans 5:8 that, “God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

How great and awesome is this statement of the apostle Paul! – that regardless of our fallen state, He loves us. Even in our rebellious hearts and actions, Christ came and sacrificed Himself for His love of us. To be held in the bosom of the God of the universe, as small as we are in the scheme of eternity, is something we can’t thank Him enough for.

It’s easy to get caught up in life and put this greatness of Him to the side as we deal with the daily grind of family, work, rest, hobbies, etc. Yet, if we can take a moment to stop and ponder on God and Christ, what an awe-humbling moment we can sense. We are loved and cared for more than we can even imagine. Even when we face the trials of life, we can rest assured that God is with us.

In our life-long journey of sanctification, we can rest assured that He will not leave us. Yes, times can get sticky, but it doesn’t mean He is not with us. We are always in the midst of His love. He is there for us and listens to us. He feels our sorrows and is there with our joy. He is there when we call out to Him, and He is there when we don’t know we need to. Our humbleness towards His Greatness will put us to our knees in awesome wonderment of His Glory. And what about that glory? It is beyond our comprehension and understanding. We only have a small glimpse of His awesomeness.

Ephesians 2:8 says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.” We all accepted the gift of God’s saving grace through Christ. We didn’t have to do anything to earn this. We just needed to say “yes” to His calling. We can’t give something for grace, nor can we labor for it in some fashion. It is free. Admission to this eternal journey is completely without cost on our part. Christ opened the door for us, and all we need to do is step in. We can forget this, though. We do at times think we have to earn some portion of our salvation, but it is free with no strings or “but” attached to it.

In those time of troubles, we are still in the midst of His love. In Hebrews 13:5, we are told He will never leave or forsake us. It may not feel like it in the middle of a storm, but He is there. In a broken marriage, He is there. In strained relationships and with wayward children, He is there. In unemployment, homelessness, hate towards you, depression, loss of a loved one, and every other negative aspect of life we face, He is there in the midst of us. There is not a single thing in this world that we can face where He would excuse Himself from loving you. Nothing.

We can feel that He is not with us, though, and it troubles our hearts. When dealing with a trial of some sort, we pray and pray; but when we don’t receive the answer we seek, we make a false assumption that He doesn’t care. When the pain hurts so deep into our soul and heart from something that has happened, and we don’t get relief, we feel as if He has abandoned us. This is when we stop praying and hang our heads down in defeat and feel we must face our troubles all alone with no help from our God.

When we do find ourselves in a defeatist attitude, we must do as 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 says to do, “Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” When we do this, our hope and trust in Him will be revitalized and steadfast. This verse does not tell us to only pray when things are bad, or to only pray once, but it does say to always pray, nonstop.

I know it is hard to give thanks to Him when we are in some sort of bad situation, but we need to. What thanks is there in the death of a loved one? What about becoming unemployed – what thanks to God can one give? There are many situations that we face where we feel there is no way we can give thanks, but we can. Give thanks for the time spent with a loved one before they passed. Thank God for the strength He has to offer when faced with losing a job. It’s the little thanksgivings that will go a long way and will get our heads straight on how to look at life. We can look at life through the lens of graciousness or bitterness. It’s our choice.

Yes, it is easy to give great thanks to God when things are going great for us and the blessings seem to be overfilling our cups. During these times we really feel like we are in the midst of His love. The true test is when the opposite happens. Do we still feel blessed when the blessings dry up? We should.  There are so many blessings of love that God has dropped on our heads that we take for granted as an entitlement of life.

The greatest and simplest blessing is to be in the midst of His love. Nothing can replace it. Nothing or nobody can take it away. It is ours and is overarching over anything else that happens to us. Get knocked down by the world? We have His love and promises. Have our lives turned upside-down by an event? We still have His love.

Job 1:21 says, “… Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” Even in the turmoil that Job faced, he was still in the midst of His love. He even praised Him! How often do we do this – praise God in times of trouble? Yes, we need to. When we are in God’s love, no matter what happens to us, we are still in His love.

We are children of God. Adopted sons and daughters of the Great I AM. This occurred the moment we accepted and were given Grace through Christ. Each day is a challenge in this world, and He never said it would be easy when we accepted salvation. Regardless of what we go through in life and no matter how hard things might get, we can be assured that we are and will always be in the midst of God’s love. Stay strong in these end times, brothers and sisters.