The Love of God

Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.
John 11:5

This statement of Jesus’ love was made after Lazarus died.  Jesus loved Martha, Mary and Lazarus so much that He planned a beautiful demonstration of His love – the resurrection of Lazarus.

It is possible that the difficult and sad times that come into our lives happen for the same reason – the demonstration of the love of God.  When I read this verse, it helped me to see a little better that I can trust God.  If Lazarus had not died, the wonderful gift of a resurrected brother could not have happened for Martha and Mary.  We wouldn’t have had the little picture of resurrection and it beauty.  What looks like a great sorrow for us may be the beginning of a great gift of love.

In Exodus, Moses asked to see God.  God said that no one could see God in His full glory and live; instead He would permit Moses to see part of His glory.  While God was passing by Moses, He said these words:

The Lord, the Lord God, compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, and abounding in
lovingkindness and truth;
who keeps lovingkindness for thousands,
who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin

Exodus 34:6-7a

Of all the things that God could say about Himself He focused on love.  A God with love this great can be trusted to give us the best, even in the times of sorrow.

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