Tuesday, February 21, 2012

February 22, 2012

"When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, All sheep and oxen—Even the beasts of the field the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea that pass through the paths of the seas. O Lord, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth!" Psalms 8:3-9

How do you show your love?

How do you receive love?

How do you recognize when you are loved?

Those are very basic and crucial questions for human beings who are wired by the Creator to give and receive love!
Dr. Gary Chapman gave the world important answers to these probing questions of the heart and mind. In 1992 he published the best-selling book "The 5 Languages of Love". In this insightful book he identifies five common ways that people interpret love:
Words of Affirmation
Quality Time
Receiving Gifts
Acts of Service
Physical Touch 
If you have not read this book I would highly recommend it!

In this study about "CRAZY LOVE" the question becomes "how does God show His love?"

That is a GREAT question! Allow me to share a three-fold answer:

1) God shows His love through creation
2) God shows His love through His character
3) God shows His love through Christ

In the past few posts I have been talking about how the enormity of creation reveals the enormity of God's love! The Psalm referenced above shows a sense of amazement from the Psalmist as he gazed upon the beauty and awe of nature!

Romans 1 takes that a step further:
 "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,  because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.  For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse" Romans 1:18-21

Second, God reveals His love through His nature:

He Is Holy

Isaiah saw God "high and lifted up" in Isaiah 6 and John saw a revelation of a holy God is Revelation 4!

He Is All-Powerful

Moses saw the power of God for Israel when He opened the Red Sea and He saw the power of God against the enemy when the sea closed over the Egyptian army.

Joshua saw the power of God when the walls of Jericho crumbled.

He Is All-Knowing

Job 37:16 - "Do you know how the clouds hang poised, those wonders of him who is perfect in knowledge?"

Psalm 147:9 - "Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit."

He Is Everlasting

Psalm 106:48 - “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting!"

I Timothy 1:17 -  “Glory and honor to God forever and ever. He is the eternal King, the unseen one who never dies; he alone is God”

He Is Just

Numbers 14:18- "The LORD is slow to anger & abundant in lovingkindness, forgiving iniquity & transgression but He will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generations."

Wow! What a God!

Because He is perfect and holy and eternal you can trust His love! And you can be sure that His love will always be available to you and exactly what you need!

Will you trust Him love?

Will you receive it?