God is abounding in love, mercy, compassion, grace, kindness…we hear that ever so often. And some of us know this to be true from personal experience. But if God’s love is really so abounding, why do so many people completely miss out on it? Why have so many never felt it.
The answer is simpler than you imagine.
Let me put it this way. There are some extremely dry places on earth. Nothing grows in these parts. There is no life, no vegetation. And this is not because the soil is infertile. It’s just that water, the catalyst for life and growth, is in extremely short supply in these areas. But that does not mean that there is no water on earth. More than 70% of our planet’s surface is water. In fact, there are hundreds of rivers and lakes, both big and small, on every continent. If water could somehow be channeled from the nearest source to some of these areas, it is reasonable to assume that there would be some sort of vegetative resurgence almost instantly.
It’s the same with God. Just because some people don’t feel His love, mercy and compassion, does not mean it is not there. If anything, God’s love is more than abounding. The truth is some people have strayed so far away from the Source of all Good Things that they don’t even recognize it anymore. (I can vouch for that coz I was living in the “desert” myself in the not so distant past. But, as I found out, there is hope. Even the lost can be saved…when the “saved” reach out to the lost.)
Yes! God is love. His love abounds much more than all the water in a trillion oceans. Yet, so many people are living in “dryness”. But if God’s love could somehow be channeled from the nearest source, it is reasonable to assume that there would be a resurgence of “life” almost instantly.
If someone who really “knows” God would just reach out to the homeless man living at the end of his street…
If someone who “knows” Jesus would just make Him known to the kid who thinks life is all about fast cars, fancy gadgets and cheap thrills flowing at the end of a needle…
If someone would just put an arm around the newly widowed mother with kids and say, “Don’t worry. I got your back.”
If we who know God would make Him known, not so much by preaching but simply “outreaching” (or reaching out) to those in need with a kind word here, a helpful hand there, a hug, a warm smile—Oh! What a difference we’d make. If we become channels of God’s love, the world would be flooded with His grace.
And what a blessing that would be to us too. For the channel through which the water flows to the dry desert is soaked first. The flood of God’s love rejuvenates everyone in its wake, starting with the person acting as the channel through which His blessings flow.
That’s why I am not surprised to see so many pastors, who have been preaching the Word of God, doing so well in life. They are drenched in the blessings flowing out to the masses through them and the work they do. I admire them. But it is not them I am really looking at because I know they are just a medium, a channel. I’ve got my eyes on the Source. And I know that He is still looking for laborers to work in His vineyard…because the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. (Matthew 9:35-38) And God will not hesitate to reward the ones He hires last as much as He did the ones he hired earlier. (Matthew 20:1-16)
So, if you are one of those who have been touched by God, you need to hear this. You were not brought into the light so that you could hide under a blanket. God put His light in you so that you can shine as beacon to the ones still in the dark. You need to emerge out of the shadows and start reaching out. (Matthew 5:15)
Live simply. Speak kindly. Love seriously. Help readily. Give generously. Do random acts of kindness. And I guarantee this: You’ll be drenched in God’s love and His blessings before you can say “Amen”.