So… how many “So” moments did you experience yesterday? That word sure ran at the forefront of my thoughts throughout the day. And as I began my study time this morning, I almost immediately came across another powerful “So” scripture penned by the same author in a discourse thought to be a circular letter written to the churches scattered throughout the province of
The Apostle John challenged his readers in I John 3:1 to “Consider this: The Father has given us his love. He loves us SO much that we are actually called God’s dear children. And that’s what we are.” (Gods Word ©) As I read this I quickly realized that He loved us SO much that He earnestly desired to adopt us no matter how dirty, ugly, and sin-stained our appearances and lifestyles were. In fact the desire was SO strong that He sacrificed the ONLY One who could legally satisfy the adverse convictions and sentences of the law of sin and death. (See: Romans 8:2) That One was His only begotten Son. Adam Clarke’s commentary lists seven particulars of why God did what He did for us. The fourth one reads “That sin must be an indescribable evil, when it required no less an atonement for it, than God manifested in the flesh.”
The King James Version translates the beginning of I John 3:1 as “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed on us…” Those words were meant to shockingly grab our attention and cause us to “take notice, consider, look by faith, with wonder and astonishment, and observe how great a favor, what an instance of matchless love” the Father expressed to the world by His totally selfless actions. (John Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible)
That shock factor is similar to the reaction I have had at various times when my wife has walked into a room wearing a new dress or outfit. This may sound funny, but she has a burgundy blouse that fits her like it was custom designed for her and causes everything about her, her eyes, her freckles, and her hair just to sort of pop! It literally took away my breath the first time she put it on and walked into our living room! And the same thing happened at another time when we walked into the family cabin that my in-laws had rented one summer. You could almost hear a pin drop when the family who was seated around the room laid eyes on her! They all sat there with their mouths open and didn’t move until her dad said “Wow!”
That’s the same powerful reaction that the knowledge of our Heavenly Father’s actions of love should have on us! As the old commercial used to say “It’s Indescribably Delicious!” The revelation of His love should make our mouths water and/or take our breath away! Nothing in this world can be compared to it! And to make it even better… this love is meant for you and me! WOW!
If that doesn’t put a smile on your face and a snap in your step, I don’t know what will! Have a great day. Let that indescribable love shine through you today! Stay tuned and keep asking yourself… “What am I expecting today?”