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Friday, September 17, 2021

Amish boy watching leaves fall

"The Wonder Of It All"

Message summary: The One True God has revealed Himself as a loving Being. May we never grow weary of this truth or ever take it for granted. Accept God's love today my friend and rest in it!

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"Show the wonder of Your great love, You who save by Your right hand those who take refuge in You from their foes" (Psalm 17:7). "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life" (John 3:16). "See what great love the Father has lavished on us!" (1 John 3:1). "To Him who loves us" (Revelation 1:5b).

There's the wonder of sunset at evening,
The wonder as sunrise I see;
But the wonder of wonders that thrills my soul
Is the wonder that God loves me.

There's the wonder of springtime and harvest,
The sky, the stars, the sun;
But the wonder of wonders that thrills my soul
Is a wonder that's only begun.

Do you remember the wonders of childhood discovery?
  • The first time you saw falling leaves
  • The first time you tasted ice cream
  • The first time you felt snow on your face
  • The first time you smelled chocolate
  • The first time you heard a train whistle
Probably not. For most of us these happened in our pre-memory days. But we can see it now as children explore the world around them, experiencing its wonders. In our lead photo the little boy seems to be enthralled by the falling leaves, perhaps trying to catch them.

Do you remember when you first became aware that God loves you? For many it was early in life, perhaps in the pre-memory stage of life. For many of us the first song we learned was probably "Jesus Loves Me".

Is it possible to hear something that's incredibly wonderful so often that we take it for granted and lose the wonder of such an experience? Sure it is. In R.C. Sproul's book titled "Now, That's a Good Question!" one of the questions is "Why does God love us so much?" Think about it for a moment. LET'S change the words to personalize the question: "Why does God love me so much?"

You know what? Theologian R.C. Sproul had a hard time answering that question and so will you. We are left to wonder at such love.

David wrote Psalm 17 when he was crying out to God for relief from "the wicked who are out to destroy me, from my mortal enemies who surround me" (v.9). Don't you sometimes feel this way! And of course for many of our brothers and sisters this is quite literal on a daily basis.

Just consider the horrors of the Islamic terrorists upon Christian believers in so many places. We often hear from a Nigerian reader and get regular updates from a retired missionary to Nigeria in our Sunday School class. So often it doesn't even make the major news, in part, because I believe there is an attempt to intentionally suppress such news. Yesterday I read an article with the headline, "Deep in Hiding, Afghan Christians Cling to Faith". (Caution: This is a very distressing article)

Whenever we are tempted to complain we need to ask the Holy Spirit to bring these fellow Christians to mind, turning our complaining hearts to compassionate intercessory prayer on their behalf.

The very heart of David's prayer request in Psalm 17 was, "Show the wonder of your great love". Now surely David already knew of God's great love when he wrote this, yet he cried out to God for a greater revelation or perhaps he was really asking God to bring back the fresh "awe" and "wonder" that comes when the great love of God is first revealed to us.

Throughout the Scriptures we have an abundance of truth that discloses the love of God to us, yet we should make this our request today as well: "Show me the wonder of Your great love." And we might also add, "Help me also to show the wonder of Your great love to others as You reveal Yourself to me."

John 3:16 is surely among the most familiar verses in the Bible and is the first reference to love in John's gospel. Later the same apostle John wrote concerning this love: "How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!" (1 John 3:1).

Perhaps you have been hurt in the past or you are presently experiencing pain, either physical or emotional. If you have experienced the meanness of this world or feel deep personal loss today, choose to rejoice in God's unsurpassed, eternal love and His abundant mercy available to all who draw near to Christ.

The One True God has revealed Himself as a loving Being. May we never grow weary of this truth or ever take it for granted. Accept God's love today my friend and rest in it!

O, the wonder of it all! The wonder of it all!
Just to think that God loves me.
O, the wonder of it all! The wonder of it all!
Just to think that God loves me.

Be encouraged today, (Hebrews 3:13)

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Father, we thank You for Jesus who came with a mission to die on the Cross as a sacrifice for our sins to reconcile us to You. This is the wonder of Your great love for all and the other wonder is that it is imparted to me personally. I can express agape' love to others because Jesus modeled it, taught it through Scripture, and the Holy Spirit graciously provides it through us as we lay down our own preference in deference to Your perfect will and example! Amen.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"The Wonder Of It All"   Video   Gaither homecoming singers featuring Doug Oldham

"Jesus Friend of Little Children/Jesus Loves Me"  Video   Keith and Kristyn Getty

"When I Survey The Wondrous Cross"  Video  Kathryn Scott

Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.

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