Jesus Is Infinitely More Willing to Give Than We Are To Receive

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“He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all–how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?” Romans 8:32

Expect your every need to be met, expect the answer to every problem, expect abundance on every level, expect to grow spiritually.” (Eileen Caddy – emphasis mine)

When you ask God for something, do you expect He will answer or do you assume He can’t or won’t give it?

The other day I realized I was praying for something I didn’t even believe would happen. Humanly, it was not possible. I had reasoned it out. No way was it going to happen. I would keep hoping God will work a miracle, but I didn’t expect it of Him.

Whenever I turn a faucet on, I expect water to come out. But when I tap into the conduit of God’s unlimited supply of mercy and power, I don’t really expect anything to flow out. I believe in my head that He can flood me with His goodness, but I don’t always believe He will.

In Mark 9, a man had a son who was possessed by an evil spirit. When the spirit seized him, the boy fell to the ground in a motionless stupor. His teeth gnashed and foam bubbled out of his mouth. At his wit’s end, the father begged Jesus, “If you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”

“‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”

The father cried out, “Lord, I believe! Please help my weakness of faith!”

I struggle with the same weakness. I believe He can, but will He? Jesus is infinitely more willing to give than we are to receive. He healed the son in spite of the father questioning His willingness.

I’m so glad it depends on Jesus and His unconditional want-to love, not on our level of faith. However doubting we are, Jesus delights to give freely and fully.

A couple of days after my stumbling faith, my husband called and said, “Our God is an awesome God! He has answered!” Wow! Thank You, Jesus!

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” (2 Corinthians 4:7)

Surrendering our Swift Horses of Fear and Control

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“This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: In repentance and rest is your salvation,
 in quietness and trust is your strength,
 but you would have none of it.’ You said, ‘No, we will flee on horses.’
 Therefore you will flee!
 You said, ‘We will ride off on swift horses.’
 Therefore your pursuers will be swift!” 
(Isaiah 30:15-16)

 

Has your trust been broken and betrayed in the past? Do you have a difficult time trusting the deepest part of your heart to anyone? Or perhaps it even affects your relationship with God?

The pastor who abused me spoke as if he was the voice of God and he abused God’s Word to get what he wanted. This betrayal often interferes with my willingness to trust God. Are His motives pure? Are His intentions for good, not evil?

I long to quietly trust God with all my heart, and my heart hurts that I let the past interfere with that. But it’s so hard sometimes… That uninvited hand of fear squeezes the courage out of my soul and slams the door to my heart, and I don’t allow Jesus to reach and heal the deepest parts.

One day a verse I read in Isaiah 30:15 really punched me in the gut. “But you would have none of it.” Ouch! The truth hurts. Then in verse 16, the Amplified Version reads, “We will speed (our own course) on horses.” And “We will ride upon swift steeds (doing our own way).”

When fear springs at me like a hungry lion, I hop on my swift horse and gallop, hoping to flee. To flee that powerless feeling, that old feeling of when I had no control over how someone hurt me. I don’t even take time to put on the whole armor of God. I speed away in my own course and way, thinking I need to take control in order to be safe. Only to find that the enemy runs even faster, trying to drag me down. The only way to strength and quietness is to stop my horse, fall off into Jesus’ safe and loving arms, and surrender my swift horse to Him.

Does this sound familiar to you? Do you long to surrender all control to God, but you feel so helpless to do so? God doesn’t condemn us for our weakness to trust, because He loves us so unconditionally. He gently whispers, “My child, trust Me. My motives are pure. My love is genuine. You are so precious to Me and I will never, ever hurt you. I earnestly wait for you to fall into My arms.”

“And therefore the Lord [earnestly] waits [expecting, looking, and longing] to be gracious to you; and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving-kindness to you.” (Isaiah 30:18 AMP)

 

“When I am afraid, I will trust in You.” (Psalm 56:3)

 

Here’s something to try when we’re afraid:

When I am afraid of _______, I want to trust in You, because You are _______ and You have promised _______.

And as we immerse ourselves more and more in His promises, we will be able to say with all our heart, “I will trust in You!”

A Child's Trust

Dear God, You have all power and grace in Your handsPlease break this cycle of fear in us and teach us how to give up our swift horses of fear and control. Help us to fall into Your arms with a childlike trust in Your strength, Your way, and Your time. Help us, please, to separate the truth from the lies. Please powerfully pry open our hearts to Your love and to Your healing of the wounds deep within us. Please help us to surrender to Your control, to believe in Your truth, and to trust You with all our hearts, souls, mind, and strength! In Jesus’ Name, Amen! 

Boundless Love

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“As high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him.”
(Psalm 103:11 NIV)
“And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is.” (Ephesians 3:18 NLT)

 

We are but a speck in the vast universe. How can God even notice us? Can His love reach the depth of our sins? Can His love penetrate to the deep pain of sins against us?

Just how vast is Jesus’ love? The ocean is so wide and long that we can’t see the end of it. Scientists work hard to find the deepest part of it, but that is still nothing compared to the depth of Jesus’ love. And looking up to the heavens, it is endless. And yet, Jesus’ love is still more. No bottom, no horizon, no limit.

Boundless love. Never confined to human limitations and more than enough for every person. Sometimes as parents or grandparents, we try to pay equal attention to every child, but we are so limited. The more children or grandchildren there are, the more difficult it is. We may grow exhausted trying to spread our time around. And yet, God never grows weary. He can spend His full attention on each one of us at the same time! As St. Augustine put it – “God loves every person as if there were no one else to love.” Amazing, isn’t it?

Yes! His inexhaustible love has the power to reach the most remote part of this world or of every heart, to forgive the most horrifying sin, and to heal the most excruciating soul pain.

God’s boundless love! As arching sky
Above us when we wake and sleep,


Above us when we smile and weep,
Above us when we live and die.

God’s tireless love! Beside the cot
Of her sick child the mother sleeps.
Our heavenly Father ever keeps
Unweary watch—and slumbers not.

God’s changeless love! The wand’ring one
Forsakes, forgets, dishonors; yet,
Repenting, going home, is met
With no reproach—“Welcome, My son!”

God’s mighty love! On Calvary’s height,
Suff’ring to save us from our sin,
To bring God’s wide dominion in,
And fill our lives with joy and light.

God’s endless love! What will it be
When earthly shadows flee away,
For all eternity’s bright day
Th’unfolding of that love to see!

~ Maltbie D. Babcock (1858-1901)

Reflection:

  1. Have you ever felt like your sin is too big for God to forgive or your pain is too devastating for God to heal? How did you feel and what did you do in these situations?
  2. According to Ephesians 3:18, we need “power” to understand the magnitude of God’s love. Read Ephesians 3:16. Describe the resources God has to empower us with inner strength through His Spirit.
  3. What does Matthew 19:26 tell us about God’s unlimited power?