Wherefore I urge you to reaffirm your love for Him. For to this end also I wrote, so that I might put you to the test, whether you are obedient in all things. (2 Corinthians 2:8-9)
How can we reaffirm our love for God?
God wants us to know that He loves us with a love distinctively higher than ours. It’s sovereign, steadfast, and selective. To reaffirm our love for God, we accept His love, which includes knowing His love by knowing His character.
God is sovereign. He is above and over all things. We can wrestle with God in the details of our lives. We like the idea that He’s sovereign. We need God to be bigger than us, because if He’s not, He can’t really help us. Yet we also want God to be small enough that we can understand Him. We want explanations. We want to be able to fill in the blanks as we have questions. But we can’t have a god who is small enough to understand and big enough to provide for and guide us. A small god cannot rule. A big god cannot be completely explained.
God is God, whether we accept Him in His fullness or not. What we want isn’t thrown into a vat to produce something in our own image. We are created in God’s image, not the opposite. It’s like putting a penny in a souvenir press-a-penny machines. We take what we have, put it in the machine, pay with some additional coins, choose the design we like the most, then crank the penny through to receive the end product we wanted. We got something we wanted that we can hold in our hands and keep, and we even got to put in the effort of cranking the handle and being a part of the “making” process. We sacrifice a little—a penny we can never use again and a couple other coins. But we didn’t create the penny in the first place. We’re working with raw materials that we can’t personally produce. And we’re using a machine we didn’t personally produce. Plus, our choices are limited.
Taking what we know and making a god from it is starting with raw materials we didn’t even create, so how can we possibly have enough knowledge and creativity to make something beyond us? We might not be comfortable with everything about God. We certainly don’t understand everything about Him. But He is sovereign, and we can’t change it, nor do I think we really want to. We can wrestle with our pain and discontentedness of where we are, where we’ve been, what we have, and what we can see in front of us. But the pain and discontentedness doesn’t go away by wishing it away, making excuses or reaching for explanations of why it happened, or projecting our limited view onto a limitless God. As we reaffirm our love for God, we are healed.
Affirming our love for God is about obedience. It’s saying, “No matter what is going on in my life, Lord, you are Lord of my life.” It’s seeing God as He is, at least, as well as we can see Him as He reveals Himself to us. He wants us to know Him well, so He doesn’t hide as we seek. What remains hidden is limited to what we can’t understand. But there is a lot more about Him—and His love—that He wants us to personally experience. He will affirm His love to you. Affirm it with Him.
Dear God, I praise You for who You are. I am sorry for trying to make You into my image at times. It seems so foolish, yet when I need to understand something, I will accept an explanation without really wrestling with You to get to the accurate answer of who You are. Help me to accept Your sovereignty and live it out on a daily basis, trusting and seeking You in all things, big and small. You are a big God, and I am so thankful.