We are often tempted to tabulate God’s love for us based on the quality of our lives, our desires being met, the quality and quantity of material blessings, and our tide-like emotions. But this is not how we know God’s love for us.
Trace the dots of judging God’s love for us based on ease or difficulty of our lives and see the results.
As Christians in West, we live comfortably. Food is everywhere, entertainment is anywhere with our devices, and our air conditioned homes and cars are modern marvels. We don’t live in fear of the government taking our Bibles away. ISIS isn’t knocking on our gated communities.
But there are Christians around the world who live is war-torn homes with multiple families. Food is scarce. Electricity is random. Bibles are illegal and ISIS patrols the streets.
Does God love you more than them? Of course not. But if we believe—our doubt—God’s love based of the quality of our lives, we are believing God loves us more than our brothers and sisters Iran, Iraq, Syria, and North Korea.
If the ease of life is the proof of God’s love, we must be the most loved Christians in history since no one dies from the mumps, measles, influenza, or the common cold anymore.
But this isn’t true.
The comfort of our lives doesn’t prove God’s love—the cross does.
“But God proves his own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8 CSB)
God proves his love at Golgotha. A naked Nazarene, a carpenter’s son nailed to rough timber, the Son of God dying for your sins validates God’s love for you.
The cross crushes the Serpent and all suspicions of God’s love for you. If you are doubting, don’t look around you, look backwards. By faith, look toward those three men dangling from crosses, and see your Savior in the middle. See God’s love for you. He saved you. You.
“To him who loves us and has set us free from our sins by his blood” (Revelation 1:5 CSB)