As promised, let’s go back and revisit Psalm 46, verse 10, especially the first line:
“Be still, and know that I am God.”
The first thing we notice is a call to relationship with God.
This is a common theme throughout the Scriptures:
- Genesis 1:26-27 – we are made in the image of God
- John 17:21-23 – we are one with God
- Colossians 3:3-4 – our life is hidden with Christ in God
- Revelation 21:1-4 – we will spend eternity with God
Have you ever wondered why we are called “human beings” instead of “human doings”?
What we do comes out of who we are in Christ – relationship with God first, followed by action based on our relationship with Him.
How do you think God sees you?
Or loved unconditionally?
When we comprehend that God loves us unconditionally, and enjoys being with us (warts and all), it changes us.
And when we grasp how much God loves us, it unlocks our ability to love others -even the hard-to-love folks around us.
When we live out the reality of being loved by God, we see people in a different light – that they are also made in the image of God, and worthy of respect as humans, even if they want nothing to do with God.
And that is the message of Easter, my friends:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”(John 3:16-17, English Standard Version)