I guess I’m at the point where I’m writing one blog a month. Big bummer but it’s better than nothing. I trust you all have also been in seasons of life when doing your normal things is just too hard. You don’t remember how you did everything six months ago because now going to the store is pretty much an all-day activity.
Anyway, life goes on and the cool thing is, God is always the same. He doesn’t go through those seasons of life. He is constant and always God.
I was talking to a friend of mine about John 2 the other day because she was planning a talk for her church. At one point, she asked “How do you understand John 2:24-25?” and I had to consider that for a moment.
But Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people and needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man.
This is what I understood. Jesus knew the sinful nature of humanity. There were many that believed in him, but Jesus didn’t commit/submit himself to them because the truth of who he is didn’t depend on if they believed in him. Plus, he just knew all men and what was in them, the fickleness, sinful nature, tendency to not believe and to doubt, etc.
So while “many believed in his name when they saw the signs,” Jesus still knew that this was a thin, superficial belief. It wasn’t based on anything other than an admiration of the spectacular.
Basically, Jesus is not dependent on our approval. He is fully God, fully man, fully deity, fully human, whether people believe in him or trust him or not. Whether the world is scary or there is peace over all nations. Whether I am having the best day of my life or the worst.
Jesus doesn’t have to trust man’s belief in him to prove who he is because man’s faith is fickle and he is constant.
God is constant. Always.
Today I read 1 John 4, one of my favorite chapters of the bible.
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.
-1 John 4:7-9
God IS love. And God IS constant.
So whatever God does, whatever he has done, what we know for sure about him is he is constant and he is love. So what he does is loving. What he says is loving. What he’s done is loving. What he IS is love.
People can do things with good intentions and it not be loving. People can go through hard seasons and not love well. People can feel unloved.
I know I’ve done all of the above. Because I am not constant and I am not love.
But I know the one who is.
So while the world is scary, life is crazy, and going to the store is like trudging through a warzone, we will always know one thing. There will ALWAYS be a constant in the midst of uncertainty.
God has not changed. He is always God. He is always good. It does not matter where we are in life. He does not depend on us and our belief. If he did, he would not be God.
But he is.
And he is love.
You are loved.