“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us” (1 John 4:16a)
I have believed God loves me since I first came to know Christ, but I can’t say that I always relied on that love. When I was healthier, it was easy to rely on my own strength and abilities.
When my health problems began, I continued to believe God loved me from an eternal perspective, but I questioned His good judgment for my earthly life. As He has proved Himself faithful over the years, I am learning to believe that ultimately everything in my life is allowed by Him because of His love for me. Although I may wish circumstances were different, He knows what is for my benefit.
I recently had two opportunities to claim this verse. While taking a family trip, I developed a severe migraine on the first day. That night I panicked, wondering how I would endure the rest of the vacation.
Then I remembered this verse and the countless times that God brought me through other times of pain. I prayed that in faith I would believe this was for my good and that God permitted it out of love for me. God once again proved faithful. I got through all the activities and enjoyed them – despite the pain – and my faith increased.
A few weeks ago my husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Again, my first response was fear because he has always been the active one and has handled many household responsibilities for me, and again, I brought this verse to mind. Whatever the future holds, I am relying on God’s love for us, believing in faith that this is for our ultimate good, and that we will learn many things and increase our faith in the process.
Each step in this earthly journey is conforming me more to God’s image and preparing me for the wonders of eternity. Until then, the lifeline of God’s love is what I’m clinging to.
Prayer; O Lord, give me the faith to grasp the depth of Your love, and to know, believe, and rely on that great love at all times. Amen.
About the Author:
Bronlynn Spindler lives in VA and is blessed to have the support and encouragement of a wonderful husband and three grown daughters. God’s grace and strength give her the ability to deal with chronic back pain, depression, headaches, and fibromyalgia. You may view her blog of devotionals at http://www.aplaceofsprings57.blogspot.com.