For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. -John 3:16
If all God ever did for you is send His Son to pay the debt for your sin so that He could be restored to relationship with you for eternity, would that be enough for you?
I recently noticed this passage in Job:
“Of a truth, God will not do wickedly, and the Almighty will not pervert justice. Who gave him charge over the earth, and who laid on him the whole world? If he should set his heart to it and gather to himself his spirit and his breath, all flesh would perish together, and man would return to dust.” Job 34:12-15
The Message Translation puts it this way:
It’s impossible for God to do anything wicked, for the Mighty One to subvert justice.
He’s the one who runs the earth! He cradles the whole world in his hand!
If he decided to hold his breath, every man, woman, and child would die for lack of air.
This God blows me away! If He decided to make it happen, the world would stop existing. I think it is an amazingly loving thing that God does anything for us besides send His Son to die for us. We are, after all, people who reject him on a daily basis.
There are too many of us who think God should do anything above and beyond what He has already done, or who think He’s not fair if He doesn’t do things that we think He should. We get mad at Him or we dishonor Him by thinking of Him with our human, worldly thinking. What I think is if He does anything above and beyond, or doesn’t do something that I think He should, that’s okay. He’s already shown that He is good, loving, just and merciful, and that He loves his people with a greater love than any one of us can even imagine. Besides, His ways are not my ways and I trust His ways to be good.
The fact that God does anything for a sinner like me besides what He has already done, the most loving act in the history of time, is a mystery to me. My desire is that I would never dishonor Him, but even though I do all the time, I know that I am forgiven by this wonderful, merciful, glorious God because He sent His only beloved Son, Jesus, to die for me.