Some nights, while it sounds crazy, I can’t go to sleep until I spend time in God’s word. No matter how hard I try to fall asleep, it doesn’t happen until I take time with God. Last night was one of those nights.
In those moments, I experience some of the most profound teachings and it reminds me how much God's relentless love prevails in my life.
A song that has been showing up everywhere recently is Reckless Love. My favorite version of this song is the acoustic version by Cory Asbury, so definitely check it out.
At first, I was skeptical about the song, but after a few conversations about the biblical context of the song, I saw it in a new light. The powerful descriptions of the way God loves us are just a glimpse at the incredible magnitude of the love He has for us.
Around the same time, the song became real to me, I watched a sermon by Matt Chandler on The Divine Sovereignty of God.
It ended up talking about how before we were even in existence God loved us, even before the foundation of the earth was laid he loved us.
The first line of the song says,
"Before I spoke a word, You were singing over me"
God has known us from the beginning. He loved us before we could do anything to make him love us and because of that, he continues to love us when we do things that humanly fail him daily.
You can think of the person who you love absolutely most in the world and the love doesn't compare to the love Christ has for us.
"I couldn’t earn it, I don’t deserve it, still You give Yourself away"
Similarly, when you see that person you love make bad decisions it pains you and ignites your love for them a bit. God feels the same way about us on a bigger scale when we go in another direction.
The song goes on to say,
"Oh, it chases me down, fights ‘til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine"
This line is referencing a passage in Luke 15, the Parable of the Lost sheep.
"What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.' Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
When you first hear this passage it sounds ridiculous. What man would logically leave 99 sheep in search of the one that is lost? God's love surpasses our understanding. For someone who doesn't herd sheep on a regular basis, the depth of this can easily be glossed over. The shepherd leaves the safety of his herd, to venture into the unknown to seek out the one that is lost. This shepherd risks danger and death to find the one.
When it comes to trying to describe the love of God, it is impossible to come up the words that encompass Him, but that is the Love of God. It chases after us, fights for us and defies all logic.
My prayer with that is just that I and everyone else can rest in the span of how big His Love is for us.