By: Kari Minter
It started with just a little pain in the lower back. Eventually, I couldn’t walk out of the house, driving was painful, and parenting was impossible.
As the months wore on, Christians around me started saying, “I can’t wait to see what God is trying to teach you” or “sometimes God needs to completely destroy us in order to rebuild us”.
As if I was somehow responsible for my pain, and God was punishing me. As if the pain wasn’t from the brokenness of our sinful world, but the pain was from the very hand of God.
Their words got to me and doubt crept in. Is God withholding his love from me?
Walking through suffering or pain can make us doubt God’s love. But it doesn’t have to.
If you find yourself in a season of doubt, here are three scriptures to help you comprehend the depth of the Father’s love.
He brought me out to a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me. Psalm 18:19 (CSB)
David is writing this Psalm as he is running for his life from Saul. But notice God doesn’t rescue David because David is godly or going to be the next King of Israel. He isn’t rescued because of his future contribution to God’s temple. Or even because Jesus would be his descedent.
No. David was rescued by God simply because God delighted in him….
And the same is true for you.
God delights in you simply because you’re his child. Not because you’re godly, or raised kids well, or suffered strong. He delights in you simply because you are his child.
Meditate on that truth for a bit. God simply looks on you and delights in you. That’s how much he loves you.
"This hope will not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us." Romans 5:5 (CSB)
This hope, finding rest in God’s presence, doesn’t disappoint us. Why? Because our Father’s love has been POURED OUT in our hearts through the Holy Spirit.
You don’t earn it. If you have put your faith in Christ, God has poured out his love to you.
"Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword." Romans 8:35 (CSB)
The suffering you’re experiencing or the bad decisions you’ve made? Can’t put a dent in how the Father loves you.
The depression or anxiety or worry that is consuming? It has no power to take you from the love of your Father in heaven.
Whatever is happening in your life does not have the power to change the love of your God towards you.
God delights in you, he pours out his love over you, and his love can never be taken from you. Today I pray these truths will erase your doubts as you realize the depth of the Father’s love for you.
Kari Minter is a Christian writer and Bible teacher. She longs to help women cultivate a deeper walk with the Lord, and she uses her website and shop, www.kariminter.com, her instagram, and FB page to encourage and provide resources to women. She is also a pastor’s wife of 17 years and has 3 children who she adores.