Why Do We Love God? When Do We Love God?
We Must Love God Regardless of Our Circumstances
It’s easy to love God when things go well. When our lives are great and we receive his blessings, we can thank him, praise him, and appreciate his goodness. It’s easy to love him when life is good.
However, life isn’t always so good. Sometimes our lives are a mess. When we don’t receive God’s blessings or experience his favor, do we still love him? We should, but our situation makes it much harder. In fact, for some people hardship turns their love of God into blaming him. Although understandable, this isn’t right.
Love God Because
When we love God during the good times, we may be loving him because of what he’s done for us. We love him for his favor. We love him for his blessings. We love him because he’s benevolent.
Love God Despite
But when we’re going through difficult times, we must love him too. This is much harder to do, but we must press forward to love God, despite our circumstances. He deserves our love regardless of our situation.
Does Job Love God?
In the Bible, Job, at first, has every reason to love God because of what God did for him. And when it’s all taken away from Job, he has every reason to turn from God and blame him. But he doesn’t.Despite what Job goes through, he doesn’t blame God. Click To Tweet
Though the Bible doesn’t say that Job loves God, it does imply this when we see Job steadfastly affirming God for who he is, despite the turmoil he undergoes. This isn’t a gushy, emotional love. It’s an intentional, push-through-the-hard-times effort to give God what he deserves: our resolute devotion despite our circumstances.
Job’s wife condemns him for maintaining his affirmation of God, his love for his creator. She says, “To end your suffering, just curse God and then die (Job 2:9). Job doesn’t agree. Despite what he’s going through, he doesn’t blame God (Job 1:22 and Job 2:10).
Though the way we show God we love him may vary with our circumstances, we must always love him. It’s easy to love God because of what he does for us, but we must also love him despite what we’re going through.
Peter DeHaan writes about biblical spirituality, often with a postmodern slant. He seeks a fresh approach to faith and following God through the lens of scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.