Luke 16: God Loves Us Anyway
I know that as Christians, we often times take great comfort in the fact that God knows everything about us. However, for some people that is a very intimidating prospect, and Jesus speaks to that in Luke 16.
Luk 16:14 And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him.
Luk 16:15 And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.
God really does know our hearts, and He also realizes that there are problems in there. He knows our weaknesses, and in this scenario if we are being self-righteous or covetous, God is going to know about that. I don’t know about you, but that is a little bit threatening. After all, it is a lot more comfortable to try and be like Jonah. It is easier to try to run away from God and try to find a place where God will not see us. Instead, we know that God sees inside of us.
As threatening as that might be, there is another truth that is important. God loves us anyway. Even though we are sinful people, and even though God is fully aware of all of the sin in our lives, He loves us anyway. He came to die for us so that we would have a way to be reconciled to Him. He took on the penalty that should belong to each one of us, and He did that even though He fully understood that He was doing it for people who were in rebellion against Him.
I think it is important to remember both of these dimensions. It is true that we cannot hide anything from God, and we do need His forgiveness. However, the fact that that forgiveness is there in the first place is remarkable to say the least. It is almost like we are thirsty when a glass of water appears. There is a problem, but there is a solution. I just think it is amazing that God did not leave us to spiral to our own doom. Rather, He gave us a way to achieve reconciliation.