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Devotional - week of September 13, 2015


GOD’S VAST AND UNDESERVED LOVE

 … casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.  1 Peter 5:7

Do any of these views sound familiar?

“I don’t take my little problems to God.”

“God doesn’t care for an insignificant person like me.”

“I am too sinful for God to bless me.”

The author Hannah Smith says that God grieves more about our misunderstanding of Him than about our sins. She may be right.

A correct view of God’s love is declared by Paul in Ephesians 3:18b-19a where he writes of “the width and length and depth and height” of the love of Christ

In 1 Corinthians 4:7 the Apostle Paul asks the following penetrating question:

… what do you have that you did not receive?

The implication is that we should look upon everything we have as a gift of God. They are gifts of love that we do not deserve.

James 5:17 declares:

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

When the prodigal son arrived at home the father lovingly received him, bountifully met his needs, and made him the honorary guest at a joyous and lavish banquet.

Did the prodigal deserve these vast expressions of love? No! The prodigal had done two things. He had come to himself and he had come home.

If you have come to yourself and have come on home, God has abundant provision and a joyful banquet awaiting you—and it is all a gift from His loving heart. Take it all by faith.