Your Awesome Love for Me
“Why me?” Do you ever ask that? Why did I get stuck behind the truck with the heavy load which is slowly grinding through its gears, uphill, on a double yellow no passing line when I’m late? Why did the cat just cough up a hairball on my new couch…again? Why did I get the pink slip when everyone knows that so-and-so is the one who cuts corners and goofs off?
Generally, when we ask, “Why me?” it’s about something that we think is unfair against us. But this anthem intimates the question in a way that we should really ask it more often: “Why am I so blessed?” Why have I made it to my office day after day without an accident? Why did I have such great parents? Why I was I blessed to be born in the freest nation on the planet? Why did God choose to love me, and give His life for me?
What kind of questions like this could you ask? What should you ask? Even in the darkest of circumstances there is generally some glimmer of grace—that totally unmerited favor of God—in our lives. Many of us have unsaved family members. As you pray for them, have you ever wondered aloud, “God, why did you save me, yet my beloved family member doesn’t seem to have a glimmer of You in their life? I know I’m no better than they are. Why am I so blessed?”
Have you ever wondered why God didn’t just start all over when Adam sinned? I mean, He pretty much wiped the slate clean with Noah, not that many generations later. I think it was because He wanted to show just how amazing His grace really is. His forbearance with the total depravity that mankind descends to, left to our own devices, is not a sign of His ambivalence toward sin, but of how long-suffering He is, patiently extending His hands to a wayward-natured humanity. He said of His people, “All day long I have reached out my hands to this stubborn people.” Even as He passes judgment on Israel through His prophets, we can clearly see that He longs to bless instead of curse, to heal instead of wound, to gather instead of scatter. He is like that with each of us. He patiently reaches out to us, calls to us, woos us.
How come? Would we be so longsuffering with someone who treated us with indifference or even rebellion? The anthem talks about the great exchange—the things we give Him, versus what He gives us. We come to Him with darkness, strife and troubles, and in exchange He gives us light, goes before us and comes behind us in battle, brings peace to our storm-ravaged lives. We bring our failures, sin, and brokenness, and in exchange we receive the blessing of Him meeting our every need, giving us the sacrifice of His life on the cross so we can be eternally saved. He takes our hopeless and shame, and in exchange gives us His unconditional grace.
Why? Why, indeed? It is a great mystery—this awesome love. The anthem says “for me”. It is important to personalize this. Yes, Jesus died for all those who call upon His name, but unless we receive that sacrifice (that love) in a personal way, we have missed the point. Yes, He is redeeming for Himself a people, a Bride in the collective sense. But this Bride is made up of individuals, just as we are each made up of many cells. To the Lord, each of us is important, an object of His love—a passionate, willing-to-die for us love. It is one thing to grasp that “God so loved the world,” but if we want to delve into the personal side of this great mystery, we need to wrap our minds around the truth that God so loved “me.” “Christ died for me.” This is not to put the focus on us, but to grasp the wonder of this mind-boggling truth. While we were yet sinners, while we were still enemies of God, He so loved us that He died for us. Make that personal—while I was still a sinner, while I was still His enemy, He died for me. Amazing love, how can it be, that Thou, my God, wouldst die for me. Does that fill you with wonder—this awesome mystery? Go before Him now and ask Him to reveal more of the mystery of His love for you, and stand in awe.
by Sheri Cook, Director of Special Ministries
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