Have you ever felt you weren’t loved? Did you ever have the feeling that the world was against you? Was there a time in your life you doubted anyone could understand what you were going through?
Many people go through life feeling like no one understands their problems or circumstances. They think God has some sick plan to torture their life while blessing others. Depending on our circumstances, maybe we feel lost, lonely and afraid. Well in this blog, I will show you how much your loved.
The Bible starts out with a book called Genesis, which basically means “the beginning”. It the start of a series of books that have stories spanning thousands of years. What became interesting to me was that during the first chapter we see God not only creating the entire universe and life contained within that universe, but we also see God desiring to make human life.
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God, he created him; male and female he created them.” – Genesis 1:27 (NIV)
He had just created all the stars, planets, galaxies, birds, fish and beasts. Instead of having his own little zoo, he creates people. Why would He do that? As we read we find out that God created a man He called Adam. As God brings the animals to Adam to name, he also observes how Adam interacts with them. This is when Scripture shows us some insight.
“But for Adam no suitable helper was found.” – Genesis 2:20b
God noted that Adam needed someone and not something. He saw how Adam interacted with His creation but decided that Adam having no suitable helper was not a good thing. So God puts Adam to sleep and creates a woman out of Adam’s rib.
Now we have all probably heard this story before, but you may be asking how this shows love toward you or how someone else understands your circumstances? Well, God saw that Adam needed a helper, not wanted but needed. There was an unmet need in Adam’s life, a need for a relationship. Adam desired to be loved. He desired to have someone else respond to his love toward them. So the only suitable helper for him was a woman.
Why would God decide to go down this road, especially this way? Later on, we find Adam and Eve being tempted by a serpent. After both Adam and Eve sin they hide and cover their nakedness. Then the Bible says this…
“Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden.” – Genesis 3:8
Did you see that? Both Adam and Eve knew the sound of the Lord. They knew what God sounded like. Although not stated, it is a logical conclusion to understand that God, Adam and Eve must have spent some time together. They knew what His steps sounded like. For a short time, Adam, Eve and God had a relationship that was right and perfect. Once Adam and Eve sinned, that relationship was tarnished.
We see more examples of this in Scripture. We see God calling Abraham into a relationship with Him. We see God calling a group of people as His own, the Israelites. We see God spending time guiding His people for forty years in the desert.
In Ezekiel, God gives Ezekiel a mission, to be a watchman for Israel and Judah. He was told to warn them about their sin. He tells Ezekiel to be in a relationship with God’s people and take care of them.
Why would God want to create a universe, where one planet has creatures made in His image that rebelled against Him, yet at the same time seeks them out to have a relationship with Him? Simply, because He loves YOU!
He loves us so much that He sends Jesus to live with us, eat with us and discover life with us. He loves us so much that Jesus made a conscience decision to live a servants life knowing He would one day have to die a horrible death. He loves us so much that on the cross, Jesus cries out to God and says, “Father forgive them, because they don’t understand what they are doing.” Jesus actually cries out to God to forgive those who tortured Him.
After Jesus died and rose again, he told His disciples to wait for the Holy Spirit. Once the Holy Spirit came to the disciples, they were commanded to leave and tell others about Jesus. Jesus felt it was so important to have a relationship with us that He sent the Holy Spirit to guide us, teach us, discipline us and talk with us.
In fact, Scripture says that Jesus suffered all of what we experience so that we would not be alone in our suffering. The New Testament commands Christians to be in a relationship with others, telling them about Jesus.
When we look at Scripture as a ‘one story at a time’ view, we miss the actual picture, God seeks to have a relationship with us. When we look at our circumstances as “one story at a time”, we fail to see how those bad circumstances can be used for a much larger purpose than us.
This past year, I lost a close friend of mine to cancer. Until his very last breath, he always smiled, praised God and asked everyone who saw him if they knew Jesus. This was a testimony of God’s love toward mankind.
In the past month, another friend of mine ended up doing things that landed him in prison. Time after time, people talked with him about the love of God, yet he chose the opposite path. A day or so ago, his mother told me that he is now reading the Bible, seeking God and “testing the waters” to see how much God loves him.
Two very different stories, with different outcomes, yet one purpose. To tell the love of God toward mankind. No matter how bad things get in this world, whether sickness, poverty and even death, God loves us. He allows each of us to suffer in unique ways for the purpose of sharing His love toward mankind.
Don’t ever give up! Don’t ever think you are alone. You are not alone. Someone out there is going through the same type of suffering as you are. Just ask God to bring them into your life and show you how much God loves you.
God Bless and encourage someone today.