How long do you think a love affair could last between two people if one of them insisted to the other again and again and again, that they were unloveable?
It’s amazing that we can see so quickly it would never work when the question is framed like that. It seems that so much of the courtship and wooing that goes into finding that “forever mate” is a dance where we show each other just how lovable we can be.
Why do we insist on making our courtship with God so differently?
Those were my thoughts as I read my devotional by Henri Nouwen this week:
God is saying, “I have always loved you and I love you now. I want you to receive my love.” And you are saying, “You can’t love me, God, because I’m so bad. By thinking about my past I will prove to you that I am beyond forgiveness.”
What kind of person would ever put up with that kind of message again and again and again?
None that I know of.
So how can we explain why God would put up with this?
The only answer I have is so trite it seems to lose meaning over time, but it is still so true it needs to be said again.
Because our God?
Our God is an awesome God!