“How can a God like You, love a person like me?”
Who hasn’t asked such a question?!
God did not need to use any raw material to create the world, the universe and the galaxies. He just used His word. “Let there be light…” Genesis 1, and light was created. Genesis 1, the facts are presented chronologically, while in Genesis 2, Moses presents the facts according to the relations. Moses presents a God who is close. He created man from the dust. God was proximate to the dust to make us. He could have said, let there be a man, and we would have been created. But NO NO NO. He went close to the ground to grab the dust. That is the intimate God. He breathed into the nostrils of Adam to give him life. Adam was not alive yet until God breathed into his nostrils. God was being intimate with His companion by telling him “welcome to life Adam”. God was invested and intimate with men.
Let’s take the example of Mary when she received the message from the angel Gabriel. The angel explained to her that This Son is going to be the Messiah. Before Jesus got the aha moment at the age of 12 at the temple. It was Mary who was telling Him about the beautiful message she received from Gabriel telling her that she will call Him Emanuel, God with us.
You can’t relate to God’s omnipotence, omnipresence, omniscience, omnibenevolent. How can we relate to God? God predicted our thought, thus He related to us. Jesus became human for that. God breathed into Adam’s nostrils to relate to us.
John in Revelation 21 got overwhelmed by God’s proximity. Mind you that John was on the island of Patmos. John was seeing the loss of “adjuvants” which separate him from God.
“And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with man, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.” Revelation 21:3
Three times, the word “with” has been used. There will be no more separation. God will be with us. God will be breathing to our nostrils the breath of life. God gave his only begotten Son, Jesus-Christ, Emanuel, God with us to remove the obstacle of sin to be able to see His face.
If you take the Bible from cover to cover, on one side you have the book of Genesis and Eden, and on the other side you have the book of Revelation 21 and 22 and Eden restored. What you have in the middle is God initiatives to restore our face to face relation with God.
We all like to be with people, but with whom do you like to spend more time with? People you like, love, respect, who? Because there is a big difference between loving a person and liking him/her. Who really believe that God loves him/her? Don’t believe, know it!
But is there anything you are doing to make God love you more?
Is there anything you can do to make God love you less?
God’s love is unconditional. God so loved the word that He gave His only begotten Son to save you. There is nothing you can do because His love is unconditional!
Now, does God like us?
In 2 Chronicle 20, Jehoshaphat is praying.
“And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord, before the new court, and said, O Lord God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? And rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? And in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?” 2 Chronicle 20:5-6
Let’s make the translation: “aren’t you God?” “You are mighty, you are powerful, you are strong”!
“Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever? 2 Chronicle 20:7
Jehoshaphat did not see any contradiction with God the almighty, the powerful God, the ruler etc… and God and Abraham being buddies!!
Jehoshaphat is talking about our relationship with God. Here it depends on how much we are ready to adhere to that relationship. Indeed, Jehoshaphat is making it clear because throughout the Bible, Abraham is God’s friend, and we all have the opportunity to make the choice of being His friend.
“But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.” Isaiah 41:8
But this is not exclusive to Abraham. Indeed, let’s get a look at Exodus 33:11.
“And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend.”
God the unlimited and infinite likes people, He is our friend. That’s quite interesting. Even when He created Adam from sands and breathed into his nostrils to give him life.
Who we are today is the composite of who we wanted to be during our entire life. We make decisions every day, even if small. Some of them are being very big. When we get born, we inherit some genetic heritage which determines what we are capable of doing. But as we get older and older, we make choices which narrow down the options that open themselves to us.
The choices that you make today will determine the man and woman you will become tomorrow. You will be fashioned according to the choices you are making.
You are making the choices, and the choices are making you!
You are the only you possible, not because God wants to make another you. He will never take away your free will. You are the only you because of your choices!
You are the only shot God has on who you are.
God said to His disciples that He is leaving to prepare a better place for them. God took us away from the status of servant to make us His friend. A servant does not know what His master is preparing. God does love you, but He does not just love you; God likes you.
The value of an object is determined by the one who is willing to pay the price. The heart of the Gospel is not about what you gave-up for Jesus, but what Jesus gave-up for you.