We study the Bible, usually in great detail. We concentrate on verses, we dig for details, inspect words for insights, and string together references for a thorough analysis. There is nothing wrong with this. Yet, never forget to step back and realize the big, broad picture.
Today, as I pondered several verses, I again realized the Bible is the greatest love letter ever penned. Have you considered what a perfect, written, proclamation of love God has given us? Take a few minutes and consider the following phrases:
I love you, forever
I wont leave you
I will always be with you
No matter what you have done, I forgive you
If you are troubled, tell me about it, let me help
If you want me, look, and I will be there
These may look a little more familiar in another format:
I have loved thee with an everlasting love
I will never leave nor forsake you
If you are faithful to confess your sin, He is faithful to forgive
Cast your cares upon Me
Seek and you shall find
These proclamations are not trivial. These are but a few of the promises of love. This love is available to everyone. This is true and eternal love. The only requirement is our acceptance of His love toward us in Jesus Christ. Jesus is that promise and fulfillment of love toward us.
I just wanted to take a minute, step back, and give thanks for the opportunity to see the love letter that could be missed. There is a quote that goes something like this: “He couldn’t see the forest for all the trees”. Take a moment, step back from the verses, word studies, and chain references. Gaze upon the masterpiece that is God’s love for you, then go back to studying the brushstrokes with which He painted this work of art, and see the details anew.