latter days of Israel’s history, God said, “I have loved you” to which His
people responded, “In what way have You loved us?”
reading the Bible, we know how God
loved the Israelites. For example, right from the beginning, Moses reminded the
Israelites how they saw God carry them, as a man carries his son (Deut 1:31).
Moses also testified that God had set His love on them (Deut 7:7). Indeed they
should say, “The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying, ‘Yes, I have loved you
with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you’” (Jer
days of Malachi, God had shown so much mercy in not totally destroying them
from under heaven but leaving them a remnant. Through this remnant, God brought
them back to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple, the city and the wall. They had
enjoyed God’s grace lavished upon them. For them to say, “In what way have You loved us?” is exasperating to say the least.
God has not asked us this question directly. But if we know that our zeal
towards God is on a low, should we not ask ourselves this question, “In what
way has God loved us?” If we do not reflect on this question, it is easy to
fall from our first love and find that God has something against us (Rev 2:4).
It is unacceptable not to love God because just as He first loved us, we should
be moved to love Him throughout our lives (1 Cor 16:22; 1 Jn 4:19).
reflection, we should understand God’s love is as strong as death (Song 8:6). He
was manifested in the flesh and has indeed washed us
from our sins in His own blood. Shouldn’t we then stir up the gift of God in us
and stir up love and good works in each other (2 Tim 1:6; Heb 10:24)? We are
indeed in the end of the end-time. Christ is returning soon. May the Lord
direct our hearts into the love of God to serve Him more while we still have
breath to repay His grace.
Questions for Reflection
far do you reach in trying to remember God’s love for you?
the wealth of God’s abundant grace, what have you decided to do for Him that is
still to be done?