In my personal devotions I read this quote adapted from Erwin McManus’ book “Soul Cravings”
“Religion exists not because God loves too little but because we need love so much. We’ve been told that God is a reluctant lover and that his standards must be met before there can be any talk of love. This is lunacy. Love exists because God is love. Our souls will never find satisfaction until our hearts have found this love that we so desperately yearn for.”
In dealing with adherents of the Prosperity Gospel or those that believe that God’s blessings are contingent, it’s often pointed out how much suffering has been endured by those who were indeed walking a straight path with God. Paul is perhaps our greatest example of an obedient servant who suffered greatly because he obeyed all that God had for him.
But this passage helped me reflect on how often God’s blessings are also available to those who don’t deserve them. Starting with the gift of grace and passed on down through innumerable experiences, people are being given gifts by God simply because he loves them. Love after all, keeps no record of right and wrong.
God’s blessings are not available to us because of what we’ve done. They are there because of who we are, people loved by God.