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There can be no question but that when we draw near to God, He draws near to us (James 4:8) and the result will often be that we experience the sweetness and tenderness of His love (e.g. Ps. 27:4-5; 145:18) – especially through prayer and praise and worship.

 But if God doesn’t seem to love us in the manner we expect or want, does that invalidate His love for us?  In other words, do we – by our attitude, words and actions – try to dictate to God what His love should be like for us?

 Allow me to make my point with two examples: one from 1 Cor. 4:11-13 and one from the pen of C.S. Lewis.

 First, think about what Paul writes about in 1 Cor. 4:11-13 and ask yourself this question: did Paul ever complain about his condition – or doubt God’s love for him?  Here is the passage:

 11To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless. 12We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; 13when we are slandered, we answer kindly. Up to this moment we have become the scum of the earth, the refuse of the world.

 And this quote from C.S. Lewis: “I do not think I should value much the love of a friend who cared only for my happiness and did not object to my becoming dishonest.”[1]

 If we are daily really drawing near to God, we will find both loves: His tenderness, encouragement and the like, but also His disciplining love – because He loves us too much to allow us to stay the same and not become more like Jesus.

 When it’s all said and done and the believer in Jesus stands before Him, all questions, doubts, etc. will be erased and we will surely exclaim, “You were right all along!”


[1] C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain (San Francisco: HarperCollins, 1940), 42.

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For the Church: What if we followed Daniel’s example?  I’ve been greatly enjoying reading the book of Daniel; note Dan. 6:3: “Then this Daniel began distinguishing himself among the commissioners and satraps (120 top assistants to a pagan king) because he possessed an extraordinary spirit, and the king planned to appoint him over the entire kingdom.”

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