Second Sunday after the Epiphany
Psalm 36:5-10 (We feast on the abundance of God’s house); Jeremiah 3:1-5 (Unfaithful Israel); Acts 8:18-24 (God’s gifts cannot be purchased)
I imagine there are times when we all wonder if God still loves us. I think of times when I’ve done something wrong and thought, at least to myself, that I had blown it so badly that no one could ever love me – especially not God. Yet, I didn’t see God’s wrath. It was as if I felt God’s laugh. Not a cruel laugh but a kindly chuckle as He showed me, “My child, I love you no matter what.”
“No matter what? Even if I….” I might respond without finishing because His hand of love would stop my self-incrimination and remind me that He had already paid the price. As I read the Psalm for today, these words reminded me of the love of God that explodes past my sin. “Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.” (Psalm 36:5) I am so grateful that my sin cannot find the limits of God’s love. I am so blessed that my actions have never tested the boundaries of God’s faithfulness. What crazy, amazing love we see from God. He doesn’t love us because we have earned His love or have been good enough to be with Him. He loves us because that is His nature. He responds to our trickle of sin with a tidal wave of love. It is that grace, that mercy, that compels us to live so that others will recognize His love in our lives and be willing to accept it in theirs.
O loving Lord! You are so amazing! In a world that seeks to make You out to be a harsh taskmaster seeking ways to punish us, You shower us with Your love and faithfulness. Let my life reflect Your love and let others come to know You because I have shown Your love to them.