I had saved up for a couch and recently came across the perfect piece at a great bargain. It unfortunately did not fit in my space well enough and I had to return it. We all know the joy of re-decorating. Essentially, you are only satisfied with the adjustment when it feels “just right” with your soul.
No amount of convincing from my mom and sisters could persuade me to keep the couch, yes it looked okay, but just not perfect for me to feel satisfied with it on a daily basis. That’s when it hit me that in-fact, every item in the house is positioned to make glad my soul, no one else’s. If I am not fully sold into how something makes my place look, I will change it until it feels just right. This includes flowers in the garden, how the wardrobe, cups, plates are laid out. All of these created objects were in this house to make me happy.
This is the same way that God created us for His pleasure. The mountains, earth, sky, our bodies, lives and everything in them are for Him (Psalm 24vs1). Only He knows what needs to sit where and how, so His vision can be fulfilled. Just like I have a vision for my living room and how I want it to look, more so that God has a blue-print of what our lives should look like. Only He knows why we are here and He carefully created and selected us to be here at this time (Psalm 139). He knows what flavor each life brings and will shape it until it satisfies Him. I was in awe just realizing the whole fuss in this house was here to satisfy my little soul, and more humbling to know that my little life was created for the pleasure of this great God (Revelations 4v11).
“So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. 4 But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him” (Jeremiah 18vs3). Therefore, just like clay, God shapes us to preference even when we become marred clay. Only He has the power to reinvent us to be what He wants us to be. The only reason I would move around an item in the house is because I love it and want it there, so I would make different means for it to work in the space. The item has no say in the matter nor will it be deemed a perfect fit until I have qualified it. None of us are good enough or even know how to fulfill God’s plan for our lives, no matter how much we try. “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God” (Romans 3vs11). In our own nature we can never even begin to comprehend the course of our existence of even how to please God.
But because He loves us, He created a way for us to be to reconciled to Him and live lives that are worthy of His calling (Colosians 1vs10). “In love, He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will” (Ephisians 1v6). The only way we could be saved is through Jesus Christ, and I like how it says that “In love”. It is because God loves us that He was able to give the life of His son for our redemption (John 3vs 16). We have all been accustomed to this scripture, but I have yet to come to the full grasp of its meaning and the deep love that was involved in God making a way for me to know Him.
An attempt at comprehension for me would be to recognize the cost it entailed for God to express such love. For it took God himself to lay down His life that we may be redeemed. Isiah (7v14) proclaims the birth of Jesus through the term Emanuel “God with us”, in whom “God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him” (Colosians 1v19). So Jesus was God, living in a body so that He can create a way for us to be saved and called the children of God. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made (John 1vs1).
So in this deep love, the great God came down to taste death, the very death my little soul is so afraid of (that why we sanitize). The only way I could reflect Him is if He shows me how, because Jesus is the only man who walked the earth who was without sin and none of us can attain that without him. “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him”. Can you see how much God wants us to be able to fulfill His vision? How much He cares for us and how much He has given for us? The only way is through Jesus Christ, as He defeated death (which is a product of sin -James vs 15), so we might live through Him. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus (Romans 6v11).
It is unfortunate, that I did not have the power to change my space to fit the couch – it had to go. God, though, loves us enough to change circumstances to redeem us. But the trick is to give ALL of ourselves to Him (story for another day) but in essence we must just know that we are loved, with a deep incomparable love. “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins” 1 John 4 vs 7.
I want to close that we do not underestimate the power of love, for with it God used to redeem a dying world.