Be Still Know
John 15:9 NLT
‘I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love.’
Love is a robust emotion. From the depths of love, God spoke creation into being and consistently sustains it through such love. The Trinity is a community of love, and humanity’s calamitous fall from grace recovered through love. Therefore love is an emotion – it is felt and experienced; yet it is also an action – it expresses itself in observable deeds. One such deed was the incarnation and crucifixion of Jesus. An act of self-sacrifice only ever embraced for the love of both Father and the Father’s greatest creation.
Love is the second critical requirement for faithfulness. It is a love that while perhaps enjoying high moments of emotional enjoyment, has behind it a rod of iron that still endures when things are tough; when love is an act of the will and perseverance is its primary requirement.
Love requires a discipline to remain constant amid the many questions that can arise and to resist the temptation to turn and run. So many times during our walk with infertility, Katey and I were tempted to engage in episodes of dramatic anger and frustration. Yet each time, in the midst of storms of our own creation, we managed to hear God’s small voice of calm calling us to continue in our walk with him. Eventually, we were able to discover God’s heartbeat and used our childlessness as a motivation to serve others overwhelmed with children of their own. We were those extra hands that were so often required and welcomed by stressed parents.
Not only are we called to accept the will of God, we also have to come to love the will of God. We can only do this through discovering the God of love who inhabits the heart of the storm within which we find ourselves. As the disciples call out in a storm upon the sea, fearful their fragile craft may sink, Jesus awakes and calms the storm. Christ is the loving reassurance we each must find.
QUESTION: Have you engaged with the God of love in the heart of the storm?
PRAYER: Loving Father, I praise you that your love never gives up, so help me not give up on that love either.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright C 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc, Wheaton, Illinois 60189 USA. All rights reserved