God smiles at us even when our “theology” misses the point

Sunday mornings are busy at our house. We try to get to the church by 9:00am for early choir practice. Normally, my first daughter – she is three – asks to go with my wife. They go together and then she sings in the choir with her for practice. This last Sunday, she wanted to go with me.

As we sat in the pew listening to the choir practice, I turned and told her I was glad she wanted to go with me this time. I smiled as I looked down on her and told her I loved her. She said “Yeah. That is a nice tie.” She was holding my tie in both hands. She liked the colors and even though I was sitting right next to her smiling at her telling her I loved her, she was focused on the tie.

God loves us more than we can love our children. Our love for them comes from God. We love because God within us teaches us how to love. But God loves us so much more. It is higher and purer and holy and perfect.

Romans 8

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

We read the end of Romans 8 and we say “Yeah. But what are the depths? What heights does it reach to? What are these powers that are helpless?” While important, they miss the point. We marvel at the things that are about God instead of marveling at who God is. God is with us and besides us. His blessings come down on us simply because He loves us. And He loves us despite our inability to focus solely on Him.