A God That Loves
by Stephanie Olson, Set Me Free Ministries Co-founder
I was in my prayer closet the other morning and was worshiping God for His goodness and His amazing love for us. I was thanking Him that He would desire relationship with us. That thought astounds me on a daily basis. As I was praying, I began to think that if humans were made into gods, our natural instinct wouldn’t be wanting relationship but instead wanting dominance, control, and perhaps destruction.
I was instantly reminded of an old Twilight Zone episode, a series that my sister and I know very well. In this show called The Little People, two astronauts landed on another planet to repair their ship. While one of the astronauts is exploring the planet, he finds a population of people no bigger than ants. Fascinated by them, he realizes that he has the ability to control this community and begins to destroy a few of their buildings. He requires them to build a statue of him and declares that he is their god and they have been created in his image.
When the other astronaut approaches, he is mortified at his partner’s behavior and tells them he is no different than they are and insists he leave the tiny people alone. But the dominion, control, and power has gotten to the false god’s head, and he pulls a gun on his partner and tells him there is no room for two gods. I won’t ruin the ending for you, just in case.
As I thought about this profound episode, I realized that we have a God who could treat us in such a way. He could stomp out a few buildings, punish us when we are bad, and rule over us from a frightening distance. But our God is nothing like that. He created us because He desired to be in relationship with us. He is all-powerful, Sovereign, and Holy, and yet, He loves us so much that He sent His Son to die on a cross for us, take on all of our ugly sin, and shed His blood so we could have eternal life with Him.
He loves us so much that Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to comfort us, guide our daily steps, and actually dwell in us. He loves us so much that He wants us to be His dwelling place. Just like that old hymn says, “And He walks with me, and He talks with me, and He tells me I am His own. And the joy we share as we tarry there, none other has ever known.”
We are created in His image, true, but He loves us. Yes, He is a God of justice as well, but that’s because He loves us too. Everything He does is good. I must say, we have a God worth of praising! I for one am so grateful that our God is a God who loves.
“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.” 1 John 3:1 (ESV)