Madison Christian Church

Devotional for Oct. 22, 2018

Here’s a question to start your week: Do you love God unconditionally? Think about that. We often hear of God’s unconditional love for us. I do believe salvation is conditional upon what we do with His offer of salvation in His Son Jesus. But His love for us is unconditional. That is something you have probably heard all of your life. There are some who may doubt that. Some may doubt this if they grew up with parents (particularly an earthly father) who seemed to only love them conditionally.   Others may doubt this if they grew up in a very legalistic church where they believed God loved them only if they toed-the-line on certain rules. But, most people grew up (even some outside of church) with the awareness that the God of the universe loved them unconditionally.

But a question many of us may not have considered is: Do I love God unconditionally?

We speak and sing of God’s love for us. But how often do we express our love for God? How can we show God our unconditional love? One way is in trusting in Him and holding on to our faith in Him even when things aren’t going our way.

David said in Psalm 13, “How long O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?” He felt isolated from God. Things were not going the way David had hoped. He felt like he had been treated unfairly by people and God was not coming through for him. Have you ever felt that way?

I think it is a good idea to tell God how we are feeling. And we should ask Him the questions lurking within our soul. But then we need to resolve to come back around the way David did by the end of this Psalm. In verses 5 & 6 David said, “But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. I will sing to the LORD, because He has dealt bountifully with me.”

We can show our unconditional love for God by reminding ourselves that we trust in Him, that we know His love for us is sure and by rejoicing in our salvation and in remembering how many ways God has blessed us (dealt bountifully with us).