As a kid, no Easter was complete without a chocolate bunny. Mom would get each of us identical chocolate bunnies each wrapped in shiny foil with a colorful bow around their necks. At the earliest opportunity, I’d rip off the foil and bite off as much bunny ear as I could cram in my mouth. Although I anticipated biting a giant chunk of sweet milk chocolate, the result was splinters of chocolate exploding in my mouth and across my new Easter dress. You see the bunny wasn’t solid chocolate. It was hollow. Just looking at that sweet chocolate bunny did not tell me that the inside was only air.
Do you ever wish that you could look at people and see what’s on the inside? Even people you have known for years can surprise you sometimes. Most people have strong character traits. You might think “They are the most honest person I know.” Or “She’s so sweet. She’d never hurt anyone.” Or even “He’s so dependable. I can really count on him.” But deep down you know life can catch up with a person causing an honest person to lie, a sweet person to be cruel and a dependable person to let you down. After all, under a lot of pressure, people can change.
But not God. 1 John 4:16 says God is love. Saying God is love is different that saying “Debbie is sweet.” Sweetness is Debbie’s character trait because she is usually a very sweet person. Love is God’s essence. God is love through and through- 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, through all seasons, climates, cultures, and environments-God is love. Love is not the way God acts. It’s what He is. Isn’t that reassuring?
The problems comes when in your life, God does not look like love.
- Your job is gone.
- Your love one is sick.
- Your hope has been shattered
- Your heart is broken
- And the answer to your prayer was “no.”
Times of struggle lead us to ask: “God, what are you up to? I’m not seeing your love in my life.” It’s tempting to think that maybe something came up and God decided not to be loving today. But that’s not true. One of the great comforts of knowing God is understanding that everything about Him is love even when we can’t see it or feel it.
This is when our hearts must turn to faith. Not faith that everything will turn out perfect but faith about who God is: God is love.
If God is love, my struggle is not senseless.
If God is love, He will use my hurt for good.
If God is love, He can use this pain for me to love Him more.
God is not like that bunny-sweet on the outside and hollow inside. God is solid love- yesterday, today and forever after. AMEN!