Our Bible verse for today: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore, I have continued to extend faithful love to you.” Jeremiah 33:3 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Your life matters because God loves you so much.”
I have always found great comfort in the words of Jeremiah 33:3. God spoke those words to the nation of Israel through the prophet Jeremiah during a time when Israel was suffering greatly. The people (and Jeremiah himself) were in a time of life when it would have been easy to doubt God’s love for them, so He reminded them that despite their current circumstances, His love for them was complete, unconditional, and never-ending.
The same is true for you. Regardless of your current circumstances in life, God loves you more than you understand. His love for you is complete, unconditional, and never-ending, and even if your circumstances are difficult, that is not the result of God loving you any less than when your circumstances were better. And, when your circumstances improve, it will not be because God has suddenly started to love you more.
God created us out of a supreme act of love and in order to have an ongoing love relationship with us. On His side of the love equation, His love for us never waivers. And, also, He does not want our love for Him to waiver either.
The “Westminster Shorter Catechism” is a famous document explaining the basic doctrines of the Christian faith. It was developed by a group of English and Scottish theologians during a major Christian convocation that met throughout 1646-1647. One of the statements of agreement that came out of that convocation, and which virtually all Christians since then have agreed with is, “The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” That statement is often modified to read, “The chief end of man is to love God and enjoy Him forever.”
That’s really a very profound and insightful statement. The purpose of your life is to know God, to love Him, and to enjoy Him forever. That’s exactly why God created you to begin with – so He can love you, and so you can love Him back.
Today is Saturday. Tomorrow is Sunday. Sunday is the day we Christians gather in our church families so that together we can show our love for God, experience His love for us, and learn to enjoy Him forever. I encourage you to go to church tomorrow and celebrate your love relationship with God. Your life matters because God loves you so much.