| Art | Photography | Illustrated Word | God’s Love | Malachi 1:2 | Psalm 36:5 |
“You stay the same through the ages
Your love never changes…”
(Lyrics from “Your Love Never Fails” by Jesus Culture)
We grow, we age, we fall and get up again. The world changes, our relationships change, but one thing will always remain steady and faithful; that is God’s unfailing, ever-abundant love for us.
God loves us so much and reveals His love to us in so many different ways! These are just two reminders I have had recently of His great love!
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A Gift and Response (Malachi 1:2)
I made this piece for an art challenge where the brief was to use a limited palette and to draw inspiration from a random Bible verse. When I flipped the pages of my Bible, I landed on Malachi 1:2. I almost bailed on the challenge as the book of Malachi is full of rebuke! However, as I read the passage again and began to draw, I found myself astounded by the patient persistence of God’s invitation for us to receive His love.
While there is a lot of rebuke in the book of Malachi, it begins with a word from God and Israel’s response to it. God has loved Israel and God has loved us. There are so many testimonies that remind us of this – for example, personal experiences, the accounts written in the Bible, the way nature works and the beauty of it. God loves extravagantly, faithfully and unconditionally. What a gift He has given us in His love!
How do we respond to God’s love? Do we doubt it, ignore it, take it for granted or receive it with thanksgiving? Perhaps instead of challenging, “How have you loved us?”, we could ask, “God, show me the height, depth, and width of your great love!”
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Sheltered by God’s Love (Psalm 36:5)
I took this photo at a nearby park and was reminded of words from Psalm 36:
“Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, Your faithfulness to the skies.” [Psalm 36:5]
The other night, I found myself wide awake in bed, thinking through the years of life I have enjoyed on earth so far. There were joyful times, sad times, challenging times and many other memories. Through it all, God was there. I found myself thanking him for His grace, for His mercy, for His protection, and for growing my understanding of His love!
In my weakness, God is my strength. In my fear, He is my confidence. In my doubt, He is my security. Above all, His love is the reason for my hope. Though I fall, I remember that my life is hidden with Christ. He loves me, He loves you, He loves us all. I want to grow each day in understanding more of God’s love!
Cory Asbury’s “Reckless Love” declares this chorus:
“Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine
And I couldn’t earn it, and I don’t deserve it. still You give Yourself away
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God.”