The love of God far surpasses our understanding of love. We think we know what love is: warm feelings, starry eyes, never having to say you’re sorry. When confronted with justice, righteousness, and holiness, the world often makes comments such as “I thought your God was a God of Love” and then they berate Him for not doing things that they think show love. Many people refuse to have anything to do with God because He does not live up to their expectations. God cannot live up to man’s expectations – not because they are too high, but because they are too human.
Any god to whom we can dictate demands or set expectations is not God.
The love of God is marvelous – causing us to marvel; wonderful – causing us to stand in wonder; awesome – causing us to stand in awe. A.W. Tozer spoke of “kneeling in joyful silence” as we contemplate the love of God. Even as we contemplate, we cannot fully comprehend. Because He is God and we are not.
“Oh the depth of both the wisdom and knowledge of God. How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out.” Rom. 11:33
God is Love but God is also Holy. It is His holiness that keeps Him from saying “I love sinners so much, I’ll let them all into heaven.” It is His love that caused Him to say, “I love sinners so much, I’ll send my Son to pay the penalty for them and through faith in Him, I’ll let them into heaven.” Perfect Love with Perfect Holiness prompted John to write, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
How much greater is our understanding of God’s love when we consider that He sent His Son to take the punishment of sin rather than doing as the world would – turning a blind eye to sin and allowing it to go on. How much greater do we comprehend God’s love when we understand that He judges sin and will one day eradicate sin rather than allow us to continue suffering.
May we all take some time this Christmas season to meditate on God’s Love and how we have limited our understanding of Him by our own expectations. Let us marvel, stand in wonder and in awe that the Creator, the Author of Life, the Almighty God, the King of kings is also Emmanuel, that is God with us.