God himself wants to share his life with you. You weren’t made so God would win first place at the science fair and bring glory to his name. No one’s creativity is on par with the Lord. Truly, you were made because he loves you. (Notice I didn’t say he wants to love you.) He does love YOU, and He wants to share HIS LIFE with YOU.

Have you thought about what happened before the beginning? We know who was in the beginning and what happened in the beginning, but what about that mysterious eternity past? Surely we can lose our thoughts in the deep void of eternity, if we do not strap ourselves down to exactly what we look for. 

We are after “before the creation of the world” verses. Ephesians 1: “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.” Revelation 13: “All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast–all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world.” It’s almost like a  Genesis 0–Before the beginning, God redeemed the world. We were chosen, the Lamb was slain. 

Think about these two points as well. First, John visions in Revelation a lamb that looks slain at the eternal throne, not a pure and spotless lamb but a mangled, limping lamb. Before the beginning the Father knew us and Jesus was sacrificed. Time has no sanctuary in heaven. It will always look like Christ has just died–an everlasting reminder of God’s abounding love for all mankind.

Second, before Jesus was arrested, according to John’s Gospel, he prayed to the Father for future followers. His last words on our behalf: “You have loved me as you have loved them” (find it youself in chapter 16). God has no measure for intimacy; some people are not more loved than others in his eyes. The Father loves Jesus as much as he loves all the biblical characters, both righteous and unrighteous. The real question here is not “Does God reach out to me?” it’s “Do I reach out to God?”

From our friend Sorge: “When you gain ownership of the fact that God is smiling on you, that he desires your company, and that he longs to be intimate with you, then the truth of that reality starts to touch your emotional chemistry, and you actually get to feel attractive to God!” 

So as you walk away from this time of devotion I pray you know in your heart that God has loved you before there was time. He has loved you. He does love you. He will love you forever…no matter what. He gave His son’s life for you.

~Sam Darby, connect