No Escaping Love!
“Disappearing”, Sailing off Monhegan Island
“The earth is the Lord’s… and all who live within it.” (Psalm 24:1) (1 Corinthians 10:26)
Scripture is clear that the Universe is God’s. He is its Designer, Creator and Redeemer. Because evil has broken into our world through mankind’s fallen, sinful nature, God’s love for humanity may not always seem evident to us. However, even those who do not believe in God are beneficiaries of His common grace because everything “good” in this life comes from Him! (James 1:17) Furthermore, both the Old and New Testaments confidently assure people of faith that God’s grace is very personal and that wherever they go they are never outside the circle of God’s thoughts and love.
The Psalmist’s sang,
“O LORD, you have examined my heart and know everything about me.
You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do.
You know what I am going to say even before I say it, LORD.
You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand!
I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence!
If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there.
If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans,
even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me. I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night—
but even in darkness I cannot hide from you. To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you.” (Psalm 139:1-12 (NLT2)
And there was no doubt in the Apostle Paul’s mind about God’s goodwill toward us when he asserted “… that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39 ESV)
There is no escaping God’s love for this ”world”, a convincing fact that becomes evident when we consider the life and sacrificial work of Christ on our behalf. (John 3:16)