God First Loved Us. Illness and Everything Else is Secondary

“[Love] always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” (1 Corinthians 13:7)

I wish I could say that verse always describes me. There have been times when I’ve been tempted to give up, lose faith, lose hope, and give in. Yet I also know that there is something about the quality of love that has a vein of strength running through it stronger than piano wire, strength that enables the one holding on to love to become more than they are.

God first loved us. Before we knew there was such a person called God, He loved us and had planned out a destiny for us. While we stand fixated on the bump on the road, He sees every good thing He has
in store for us, including an eternal destiny that we cannot even begin to grasp.

Sometimes these bumps on the road seem enormous. They shake our faith, worry us, torment us with fear, rattle us to our foundation, and this is often because we have lost sight of a much bigger picture which includes-indeed is founded upon–God’s love for us.

When we love someone, we care about their happiness, their well being, and everything about them. When we love someone, we trust them, we have confidence in them, and we believe the best about them. Love is a powerful force, an enabling force–it enables us to rise above ourselves, to be better than ourselves, and to focus our affection on others.

If we let love be our driving principle, we will not be overcome by the bumps that line the roadway of life, we will instead find ways over, around, or through those bumps. Trust in the Lord, trust in His love for you to get you through the difficulties of life.

Prayer: Dear Lord, no matter what we face in life, help us to face it knowing You love us greatly. Amen.

About The Author:
Karlton Douglas lives in Ohio with his lovely wife. He has found over the years that the love of God is not a crutch, but a golden foundation to build his life upon.

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