Is it natural or have we been trained to think of love in the month of February? It must have something to do with the institution of Valentine’s Day, but somehow most of us have come to think of February as the “month of love”.
As we have begun our journey through The Story, we have been reminded of God’s great creation. Not only does this show us His power, but also His love for us. We have also learned of God’s great promise to Abraham and Abraham’s faithful response. We have heard of the challenges of Joseph and Moses and how God used those situations to bring about His will for His people.
All of these situations looked hopeless: Abraham and Sarah were childless, Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers and falsely accused by his owner’s wife, Moses was forced to flee Egypt as a murderer. Yet each of these circumstances worked together to show us how God takes the events of our lives on earth and incorporates them to accomplish His ultimate purpose – restoring us to a relationship with Him. As we saw God’s provision for each of them, His plan for their lives became clear and we realized that He is trustworthy and is motivated by His great love for us.
This month let us focus on God’s continued love, provision, and faithfulness toward us that was revealed in Jesus. The apostle Paul encouraged the Ephesians towards this when he prayed,
“I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:17b-19)