Because of Love

Before he became our first President, General George Washington knew how to give God credit for His divine protection. When he learned of the treason of John Andre and Benedict Arnold, and after justice took place, George Washington expressed a remarkable summary of what had occurred: “‘In no instance since the commencement of the war has the interposition of Providence been more conspicuous than in the rescue of the post and garrison at West Point from Arnold’s villainous perfidy.’”[1] In faith he knew that God had delivered them from evil.

The Psalmist testified, “You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.” (Psalm 32:7) We know, therefore, that instead of being surrounded by the enemy we are truly surrounded by God. We have His constant protection and presence. God is with us.

We are reminded by the prophet Nahum that God’s help is the reflection of His character. “The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble.” (Nahum 1:7) Our “good” God is the one we find safety in when times are hard. He is good, and not to be feared.

We are also reminded that God’s help for us is motivated by love. “Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men, he satisfied the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.” (Psalm 107:8-9)

In the Lenten season our hearts are pointed toward the cross. We follow the journey of our Lord who came to rescue us. We know that, “‘Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.’” (John 15:13) The road Jesus traveled to the cross was paved with God’s love for us all. In love He came to save us. However, our grand deliverance was not from a sword-bearing army, but from the potential consequences of our own sin. God is good and God loves us. He loved us, “…while we were still sinners.” (Romans 5:8) Billy Graham summarized it so beautifully by saying: “When we preach atonement, it is atonement planned by love, provided by love, given by love, finished by loved, necessitated because of love.”

Because of God’s love for us we may approach Him in prayer. Our hearts should demonstrate a consistency with the love God has for the world by praying for the lost. We pray to God for doors to be opened, the message to be clear, and for the Spirit to convict the unsaved of their need for God’s forgiveness. And when given the opportunity to share the gospel we can make clear the message that God’s deliverance is made through His incredible love for all humankind.

Together, let us pray for people to be saved for all of eternity, because of God’s love.

Pastor Ken Atchison

 

All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. www.zondervan.com

[1] James Thomas Flexner, Washington, The Indispensable Man, p. 151

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