Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Why Do I Love Him?

“Satan replied to the Lord, ‘Yes, Job fears God, but not without good reason! You have always protected him…. You have made him prosperous.... But take away everything he has and he will surely curse you to your face!’” Job 1:9-11 NLT

On what is my love for God based? Is the only reason I love him because I live in a comfortable house in a nice neighbourhood? Because I have a husband who excels at his job and acts exceedingly responsible in the matters of finance and physical security? Because God has given us four delightful sons who have become young men who give us a great deal of pride and joy? Why do I love him?

Would I still love him if I lost my home, my financial security and my family and found myself living on the streets? Would I love him if I was in constant pain or put into an institution where all control over my life was taken away? Would I love him if everyone I know turned against me with anger and venom? Why do I love him?

Oswald Chambers rewords Satan’s accusation to God to say, “You are infatuated with the idea that man loves you for your own sake,”* implying that no one would. Is that true of me? Do I love God simply because of who he is or is my love dependent on the gifts he gives?

It’s an interesting question, especially in view of the book I’m currently reading: Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist by John Piper. Piper says things like: “In the end the heart longs not for any of God’s good gifts, but for God himself.” (p.87)

Chambers asks, “Will I trust the revelation given of God by Jesus Christ when everything in my personal experience flatly contradicts it?”* Job was pushed to the wall on this question and still he could say, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.” (Job 13:15 NKJV) The martyrs now and through the ages said the same thing. Would I? Would you?

The Unseen Universe” in “Baffled to Fight Better” in The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers. p.46, 47

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