I read these verses yesterday morning during my quiet time. As their truth sank into my spirit, my thoughts latched onto how much God does for us. By nature, gratitude doesn’t come easy. It’s a mindset that takes some practice and diligence. Unlike God, we tend to give a little, then watch for one of two things. Or both.
1. That we’re appreciated.
2. That we’ll get something back.
It’s kind of like a test for us. And if we’ve been burned, we hesitate to give again. This can be especially true in marriage where hearts are easily hurt and motives can take a u-turn toward selfishness.
But something magnificent struck me today about God. He gave everything He had (His Son) right off the bat. He didn’t hold back, despite the constant pain and rejection he received from his children. He didn’t wait until we truly appreciated Him, nor does expect anything from us.
God desires our love and devotion but he wants it as willingly as He gave us His Son. That’s how He works, especially with our unsaved spouses. It’s all about the heart and God’s timing.
I know sometimes you feel like you’re at the end of your rope, that you have nothing left to give. Take that as a sign that God’s telling you to quit working from your own reserves and start using His. He never runs out. His love is endless and always accessible, and He’s filled us with it.
We’re like a two part tank. One tiny part is filled with our love. It’s the first one we tend to draw from and it runs out fast. Then there’s this huge cavernous tank holding an unlimited supply. The problem is, it’s so big, we have a hard time comprehending how to tap into it. We assume we’re not meant or worthy to. But God’s Word tells us otherwise, and speaks of His amazing love constantly. All for us.
Afterall, He loved us enough to give us His Son, right?
So, when you reach that point where you think you have nothing left to give, reach out to God. He’ll show you that bottomless tank of His love. He’ll fill you with it, then He’ll show you how to love your spouse, your family, your friends—everyone He needs you to love through Him and to Him.
How will you know it’s God’s tank and not yours that you’re using? You’ll suddenly realize that the way you love your spouse is way beyond any love tank you have.
That’s when you’ll know you’re drawing on the best source of all. And not only that. You’ve just given your unbelieving loved one a glimpse of it, too.
Praying and believing,