Over the last few weeks, I have been doing a series on love, God's love for us. It is a focus I felt compelled to do right up to Holy Week.
Today, I want to talk about God's love letter to you. Did you ever get love letters from anyone? I know folks who did when younger. I know Diane and I shared many in the old days before so much technology took over. Sometimes they were a card, sometimes a letter. And once when I was in Rolla, Missouri doing seminary prep for 11 days, she had a different note, letter and small package of something that I was to open each day. That was fun but it was the kind of relationship we had, always.
Well, God has that kind of thing going for us, too. We can read His love letter to us every day, if we want. It is called the Bible. In it and all the way through it we see God's love for us and every day we dive into it we will be blessed with a treasure. From Genesis through Revelation, all 66 books speak of God's love for us. In many ways, it is like God's Scrapbook too.
At home we had many scrapbooks. My mom and dad and Diane and I had several, not to brag, but to remember special times. Family stuff. Well, in God's "Scrapbook" , we can learn more about Him and His love for us on each turn. It is filled with poems, letters, pictures, and stories. You can find music David composed or prayers received from Job. Figuratively, you can get a snapshot of God's face as He watched His son die on a cross for us. It is all about that kind of love from God and reveals so much about Him as well as any good love letter, speaking of His plans, hope's, dreams for us and warning us from dangers. It doesn't just remember the past but provides guidance and hope for tomorrow.
Every chapter is written by God Himself with you in mind. Every promise is designed with you in mind. The same gifts, hope and salvation and forgiveness is written with you in mind. It is not just to be studied and read but devoured and read and reread like any good love letter and like a good love letter, it draws you closer to a more intimate relationship. And it never becomes trite or outdated.
It isn’t just a nostalgic keepsake but a living, breathing hope and plan for your future.
Paul said in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 that "all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man, or woman, of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work."
In this Lenten season, why not get into the Bible. Try reading Psalms or start with the Gospel of John. Read Psalm 23 or 103.
But if you love God, why not read and learn what He has to say to you. Buy a promise book online or a Christian book store. Discover again or for the first time the message of God's love and plan for you. It is all about His deep and abiding love for you, a love that as Paul said in Roman's chapter 8, that nothing can separate you from.