With only two days until Ash Wednesday when the journey of Lent begins, I’m meditating on the theme the Lord has put on my heart for this year- Love’s Journey Through the Wilderness. Today, I meditated on 1 John 4:7-8.
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”
If God is love and Jesus is love manifested, then all the names given to God are attributes of love. Love provides. Love heals. Love saves. Love is with us. Love is our hope, our ever-present help in times of trouble. But God cannot be those things unless we have need of them. He cannot be our shield if there is no enemy attacking. He cannot be our peace if there is no storm, nor our comfort if there is no grief. Love is found wherever His beloved are being tested and tried.
That is why the Lenten season is so important to our Christian walk. It is a voluntary step into the wilderness to be tested and tried with Him. It is an opportunity to be transformed by Love. Love took the journey first, fasting and praying for forty days and then facing the devil at his most vulnerable time. Out of that wilderness experience, came almost three years of constant ministry. Three years of proving Love had come to seek and save the lost, before laying down His life for ours.
In a world, desperate to be loved, we can be vessels of God’s love to one another. Love transforms deserts into blooming valleys. For every hole formed to stumble and ensnare us, becomes a place for a seed of love to take root. Do you want to learn to be loving? If so I invite you to journey with me this Lent through a series of short posts I’ll be making daily during Lent and Easter.
Is there a time in your life where you’ve encountered God’s love? Is there an area of God’s love you’d like to grow in?