written by Hollen Hostetler 

“Does God really love me?” I think it is a question we have all asked at one time or another, and one that is particularly relevant in the midst of the current times. I have recently found myself frustrated and anxious, as I cognitively understand that God loves me but have struggled to believe it in my heart.

While recently discussing my frustration with my husband, he asked a question. “How do you know God loves you?” Slightly tongue-tied, I rattled off something about Scripture, the Gospel, and salvation. There was a moment of silence. He said, “Right, that’s good…how do you know God loves you today?” This time, I was speechless. “What do you mean?” He explained, “Well, today, what has God done to show you He loves you?” I started listing off all the possible things I could think of, and, wouldn’t you know it, they were all the “ordinary” things about the day that I had taken for granted. Tears sprang to my eyes as I thought about the Lord’s love in this new light.

“He didn’t just love me 2,000 years ago.” This was the next thought that popped into my head. My concept of the love of God had been a static one, accurate in its Scriptural basis but incomplete in its scope. But you see, we do not just serve a God who loved us in one instance 2,000 years ago. That was just the beginning of an ongoing, vibrant, rich, and expansive love that desires to touch every aspect of who we are. Psalm 86:15 says, “But You, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger and rich in faithful love and truth” (italics mine). Much like a marriage that begins on a wedding day but continues to grow through everyday actions, God’s love is abiding and present. His care and provision are consistent, and His love is never stale or past tense.

I am beginning to understand that when I dwell in God’s love, I walk in a freedom only He can provide. This allows me to be who He created me to be – and to create as He has gifted me to create. So, how do you know God loves you today? Meditate on it, soak in it, and create out of it.