My cousin and I were talking in our living room. He was rather surprised to see the sparrows outside on our porch. Seeing them, he said he was going to catch one. He has always been the naughty little brother in our home. I told him that it would be impossible because, even if they sensed the slightest movement inside the house, in the blink of an eye, they would be gone.
The little sparrows were just not sure what to expect. They usually played it safe. The safest thing for them to do was fly away. The moment things settled, they would fly back and start pecking at the ground.
I have wondered many-a-times as to how to make these little creatures understand that I meant no harm to them. My very size, in comparison to their feeble structure, was Great; My voice in comparison to their little chirp, a thunder!!!
When God spoke to the Israelites, this is what they said:
And they said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen. But don’t let God speak directly to us, or we will die!” Exodus 20:19
After God created our beautiful universe, the Bible tells us that God created man in his image; male and female he created them. They were called Adam and Eve. Adam in the scriptures is addressed as the son of God – meaning God was his Father. God and man walked and talked and they enjoyed each other’s company. The very reason that God created man was to have a family where God as a Father, would be the central part of his children’s lives.
However, his plan to build a family where God would be their father was disrupted when Adam and Eve sinned against God. They both had to be banished from the presence of God, because sin cannot dwell in the presence of a holy God.
“God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5
But God, in his infinite love for his children, still longed to talk to them. When God came down to talk to the children of Israel (as mentioned in Exodus 20), the very presence of God, made man tremble. In his state of sinfulness, he just could not stand in the presence of a glorious God. They begged Moses that God would not directly talk to them because they would die if he did! Such was the majesty and the holiness of God.
But God’s heart longed to embrace His children. So, he put down his glory and his majesty aside, and came to this earth to embrace you and me. His name is Jesus, the Son of the living God – God Almighty.
Think about it. When Jesus walked the earth, he embraced the leper, the poor, the destitute and the blind. When the society of the ‘religious’ threw a man out, Jesus took him in. He made His love known to people, from all walks of life. To the sinner yearning for love, and the destitute who walked in tears. He lavishly loved them all. And he still loves the world he created. You and me, foremost.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
– Isaac Watts 1707
Have a fabulous week ahead!!!