These words give me so much peace. When I was in my deepest, darkest spots of depression what kept me going was the knowledge that God still loved me, despite my shortcomings and worry. I could hear him whispering it to me. As I would cry, and criticize myself, there was always a voice that repeated, “I love you, I always have, I always will, I am always here. You will be okay.” I listened to the voice, and I am still here, still loved, still held by Jesus.
We all have the dark moments. They come cloaked in all sorts of costumes: illness, marriage issues, death, debt, addiction. And we can all find peace in Christ’s promise. The words above are a super simplified version of how Paul spelled it out for us in Romans:
6-8 Christ arrives right on time to make this happen. He didn’t, and doesn’t, wait for us to get ready. He presented himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready. And even if we hadn’t been so weak, we wouldn’t have known what to do anyway. We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him.