Mathematics

Years ago I was involved with a Bible study led by a wonderful woman and friend who had a powerful prayer life. When a challenge would arise that warranted extra prayer I would teasingly say, “Maggie, when you pray I know your words reach Heaven and don’t bounce off the ceiling.”

She would immediately counter, “My prayers are no different than yours. God hears me just the same as he hears you.” I would smile like I agreed, but deep down I did harbor a bit of doubt. Maggie just seemed to have an immediate line to God’s ear. God’s love seems like that sometimes. It appears that there are those who have received an extra portion from Him and we are here in our hand-me-down clothes of righteousness, while they get to go wear the newest designs.

Many of my friends and family members have large families, with anywhere from four to eight children. Some of the families are a blend of biological and adopted children, but if you asked the parents, who they loved more, they would answer they loved everyone equally.

A wise mom once responded to a skeptical observer that the love for her children was not divided among them, it was multiplied. This, Precious One, is the way God sees us. We are not lined up according to what we have done well and what we have failed to do today. We are instead circled within our Heavenly Father’s arms and His love is given to us freely, without conditions, without a checklist of accomplishments. It is given to us through His amazing, everlasting grace and mercy.

John 3:16 often gets dismissed because it is so often referenced; yet there is wisdom in the frequent references. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever would believe in Him would not perish, but have everlasting life. It does not say, For God so loved Kathy most, then Becky, then Sue, and finally, with the leftovers He loved Gretchen.

Scripture is clear, God’s love was not divided, it was multiplied.

Over and over, again and again. His love is immeasurable and it covers all of us. Whether your prayers seem like they are hitting the ceiling or the very ear of God. Because you are precious in My sight and honored, and I love you, I will give people in exchange for you and nations instead of your life, (Isaiah‬ ‭43:4‬ ‭HCSB‬‬).

Scripture is full of God’s amazing love for us from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21. The whole of Creation from creation, to fall, to the wilderness, to the birth, death, and resurrection of Christ all the way through His return — each part and piece represents the love God has for us. Before we decide it’s being given to us out of pity or as a participation award, remember Romans 5:8, But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us!

Ephesians 2:4-5, 8-10 continues another thread of this wonderful tapestry; But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us, made us alive with the Messiah even though we were dead in trespasses. You have been saved by grace! . . .For you are saved by grace through faith, and this in not from yourselves; it is God’s gift–not from works, so that no one can boast. For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.

Does that sound like a God who would give us leftovers of His love?’

Best Beloved, I do not know how you feel about the love God has for you. It may be the very comforter that wraps you at night, it may be the thing you think God “has” to give you because He is, after all, God. Please hear my heart, Dear Ones. He loves you. He loves you. He loves you. He loves you so much that He has sought you out. He has come to redeem you. He has come to restore you. He has come to prepare you for the ultimate “Love Feast” that will come when we stand before Him in Heaven one day.

So then you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with the saints, and members of God’s household, built on the foundations of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the cornerstone. The whole building, being put together by Him, grows into a holy sanctuary in the Lord. You also are being built together for God’s dwelling in the Spirit (Ephesians 2:20-22).

Say it with me, Precious Ones, I am a child of God and I am loved by the God who multiplies His amazing love.

Amen.

About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.
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