On several occasions recently, due to the child’s illness or closure of day care, I have had the opportunity to keep my three-year-old granddaughter, just the two of us, together, alone, overnight and throughout the following day with no distracting older brothers or parents. Each time it was a delightful experience. I had forgotten in the intervening seven to ten years from when her brothers were small, how many questions little ones ask and what activities catch their interest.
One day this child spent fifteen minutes squatting on the sidewalk matching up the acorn caps to the acorns from which they had become detached. Of course, she had lots of questions. “Why can’t we go outside in the rain?” (because you have a cold). “Why do you walk on the ‘tedmill’ every morning. You don’t go anywhere.” (because I am trying to stay healthy so I can play with you). “Why doesn’t Granddaddy live here with you?” (because he lives in heaven with Jesus).
She is so naive and innocent and so sure of what she does know. At bedtime, after she recited her little “Now I lay me down to sleep” prayer with an ensuing chorus of “Yes, Jesus loves me,” we listed those who love her and whom she loves. At the end of her list, with no prompting, she listed Jesus. When I asked her how she know this to be true, she simply repeated “Jesus loves me.” So positive, so convinced, I hope she will always know that.
Why God Loves Us
We as adults know this is true also. “The Bible tells us so” over and over about God’s love for us. We know His love lives forever (2 Chron. 5:13); it is unfailing (Ps. 25:6); it is better than life itself (Ps. 63:3); it fills the earth (Ps. 119:64); it is complete (1 John 2:5); it is individualized (Rom. 5:5); and God is synonymous with love (1 John 4:8). These are a few of the characteristics of God’s love.
I suppose my granddaughter’s incessant asking “why” prompted my mind to ponder WHY does God love us. Understand, I am no erudite biblical scholar (although I read and study my Bible daily), and I do not have any seminary degrees. These are only my thoughts and answers from my heart.
First, I believe God loves us because He created us. Every parent, or grandparent, feels an overpowering rush of love as we see the newborn in the family. We know we are seeing the future in the eyes of this child we have “created.” God created us. We are a part of His master plan. We all disappoint God with our willfulness, but those who know and trust our Heavenly Father recognize we were created in His own image for a purpose.
God sees the potential in each one of us and sees how He can use us to represent Him. God is quite self-sufficient. He does not need us, but we can be His tools in the world. Even non-believers have the potential of accomplishing great things where they are. How great a difference can be made by believers attempting to obediently follow God’s footsteps. God knows us better than we know ourselves, and through His great love accepts us in spite of our inadequacies, failures and “good intentions.”
I am sure scholars would have many more reasons why they think God loves us. At the suggestion of a minister, I looked up John Claypool, speaker, preacher, and former rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Birmingham, Alabama. I found this statement: “God is love… Because God’s very nature is love, He must demonstrate love.” We are the blessed recipients of God’s great love.
Our Response to God’s Love
As I was concluding this writing, I decided to do what many people do daily; I decided to Google my topic. I was not sure how little or how much information I would find, but I did find a wealth of articles and opinions from a great number of people. Most agreed at least partly with me with more to add. Maureen Pratt, speaker, author, and participant in Christian Authors’ Network, also mentioned that God loves us because He delights in us. We delight in our children as we see them grow, learn and relate to others. God must delight in us the same way.
In conclusion, I do not question the ways of God for they are unknowable. The reason WHY God loves us is not as important to me as the fact that God DOES love us completely, totally, and forever. He loves me and you enough to have sent Jesus to us and to have provided a way to eternal relationship with God. Are we not truly blessed? Should we not be eternally grateful?