Lately, I’ve been reading through a book called Grace Walk by Steve McVey. So far, it’s been a great journey and helping me through a lot of self-worth and self-esteem issues that I struggle with in my life. In the opening chapter, McVey says this about how he used to feel about God’s feelings towards him, “I knew that He always loved me, but felt that He probably didn’t like me…”(McVey, 2005).
Gosh did that ring true with me. I felt the weight of that statement very deeply in my soul and took a long while to process it. So, the question remains, does God just love us, or does He actually like us too.?
I think that this question arises initially from a distorted view of what God’s love is.
This perspective of God’s love paints Him as a disapproving disgruntled parent who obligingly is forced to love His children because it’s in His nature. It’s as if He has no choice but to love us and if it were up to Him, He wouldn’t. He just loves us because He has to. This view shows a God who seems to be constantly disappointed in His children and puts up with them out of pure duty.
The truth is radically different as McVey points out late in the book. God loves us AND likes us. Psalm 16:3 says, “As for the saints who are in the earth, they are the majestic ones in whom is all my delight.” Psalm 149:4 says, “For the Lord takes pleasure in His people.” God doesn’t love us obligingly. He not only loves us, He takes pleasure in us and delights in us.
Just go back to the beginning of the world. When God looked out over His creation, “He saw ALL that He had made, and behold, it was very good.” That “all” includes every single person ever born. Later, the Psalmist says in Psalm 104:31, “Let the Lord be glad in His works.” God didn’t make a mistake when He created us. He still looks at His creation and says, “It is very good.” That includes each and every human on the earth. We are all His creation and not only does He love us (by choice mind you, not by obligation), He actually likes us as well. In His eyes, we are his delight, His pleasure, and we are very good. That thought, to me, is so encouraging, uplifting, and fulfilling.
I hope you’re encouraged by that thought as well. This is the first part of a series that I’m doing on love stories from the Bible. If you want to follow the blog and get a notification whenever I post something new, simply click on the pop-up in the lower right hand corner.
McVey, Steve. Grace Walk. Harvest House Publishers, 2005.