Where does it end? How extensive is it? How abundant can it be? How deep will it reach? No one can ever fathom the great and humongous love of the Father. How could we ever measure the capacity of God’s love?
Ever since I’ve been assigned to write this article, I’ve been stumped on what exactly I should write. I wanted to write about a certain topic, but it didn’t feel right, like God wanted me to touch upon something else. Being so confounded after the Sunday service, I stomped all the way to the second floor of the North York Centre, and locked myself up in one of the children’s room. I was reading some verses in silence, when I heard a small voice, talk about my love it said. A great wave of realization came over me, He spoke.
If you have the time, I really recommend you to read and soak in the beautiful and heartfelt prayer in Nehemiah 9. It was about the stories of the Israelites for the past hundreds of years, encompassing their arrogance and stubbornness, but also God’s constant mercy and grace.
I find it quite interesting how the prayer had used the word stiff-necked for their stubbornness. When I was listening to a sermon by Levi Lusko, he was saying that the problem with this generation, the reason for the many mistakes we commit is because we always look left and right. He connected it to Moses’ murder case. When he had murdered the Egyptian, he looked all around, left and right, but never up. This caused him to commit something regrettable (see Exodus 2:12). These were the Israelites, this is us. When we forget the Lord’s goodness, we are like the Israelites, unable to move our necks up to God. Yet when they cried out for help, God was not stiff-necked. He still tilted it to hear His people cry out.
See, even from the start of the bible, God’s love and grace is continually depicted through these stories. Even after Adam and Eve doubted God’s word, what does He say? He says He’s going to bring someone who will “crush your [serpent’s] head, and you [serpent] will strike his heel”. I wonder who’s this person who is going to take some sacrifice to defeat the one who deceived God’s children? You got it, Jesus. Even from the beginning of time, God’s mission of grace and peace has already been put into action. Even if it was going to be His only son, He still did it. Time after time, we rebel, we hurt Him, yet His grace is always there, always abounding, hearing our cry in the midst of pain, even in times when we don’t deserve it.
This God whom we hear about every Sunday morning, who we occasionally hear on the news or from people now and then, is a God bigger than all of us. Not only physically, but His heart too. You can see His heart of love, filled with grace and mercy written all over the Bible and in our lives. Will the love ever end? Never. Nothing will ever separate us from it. No one could ever put a number on it. Take note of this: our God is the most constant thing ever to be constant in this whole universe. He was the same God yesterday, today, and forevermore.
— Micah Ocampo