By Laurel Robinson
What does God’s love look like? When we were children, we were taught about the tender shepherd in Psalm 23. We saw pictures of Jesus taking children to His lap, encouraging everyone to have the faith of a child, and warning anyone who would cause a child to stumble.
Now that we are grown, we know that life is more complicated. There are trials, disappointments, sickness, and a variety of enemies.
But God’s love is no less near. He is still that same shepherd. In fact, God allows trials because of His love for us.
His love is so fierce, that He will do whatever it takes to make us more like Himself. He knows where we need to be pruned. He knows how we need to be stretched. His wisdom is orchestrating those moments when we come to the end of ourselves and finally remember to reach out for Him. He even knows when we need rest.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
This was written by Jeremiah, in a book called Lamentations. The prophet was lamenting some terrible circumstances, and yet he could still perceive that the Lord’s love was present, and that He had not forsaken His people.
With the faith of a child, what will you bring to the lover of your soul today? Tell him of your circumstances and ask Him to amaze you with how He works through them and delivers you.