Better Than Life

Chapter 11 of my ebook The Wrestlings Along the Narrow Path discusses God’s love, how we are secure knowing that His love never fails and endures forever. Today, I want to talk about God’s love which is better than life.

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Have you tried pondering on the words of Psalm 63: 3?

Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.

How that God’s love is better than life itself?

We all love life. We do our best to hold onto it, spending thousands, even millions (for those who can afford), to find cure or treatment to diseases that threaten to destroy it. We find ways to live life to the full, working really hard to bring fulfilment to our dreams. We love life and all the pleasures it brings. But sometimes, it doesn’t stay that way. Sometimes, life brings us trials that are hard to endure.

And then there are people who, though they seem to have everything in life – health and wealth – still find themselves hauling an unexplained emptiness.

One morning, I woke up with a heavy heart. Something happened the night before that had wounded my heart, and though I had cried and prayed, when I woke up the next day, I still felt restless and — empty and quite lost. I prayed again, thinking about the good things that awaited me that day, things I would love to do. But the inspiration and joy that I had always trusted to come every morning weren’t there.

It dawned on me that no matter how exciting one’s plans are, if problems and sorrow try to embrace your being, life just seems to fade into the background. Like it’s not what you really want. What could be better than wanting life and choosing life and embracing life?

I had found it that day: God’s love. If you cannot experience God’s love, if it seems to you that, unless you catch it and take a good grasp of it, life is meaningless. Yes.

Though we know God’s love is constant, it doesn’t change, it doesn’t vary in intensity and magnitude – our experience of it does. Sometimes, we unconsciously go far from it. We immerse ourselves to temporary, fleeting pleasures that we had forgotten the love that never fails.

To experience God’s love we need to stay in its embrace 24/7. We need to be constantly entering into it by entering into God’s presence. It is only when we diligently seek God’s face and bask in His holy presence that we experience the uninterruptible flow of His divine love. And it is this that we carry through the day as we go about our business and chores.

It is God’s love that gives life to our lives. Yes, even when life itself might be fading away. The experiencing of God’s love takes away the misery in life.

This is what walking through the shadow of the valley of death does to a Christ-follower: it catapults him or her straight to His love. In late-2004, in one of those episodes where I was struggling between life and death, all I wanted to know and feel and trust was the Lord Jesus’ love. I prayed over and over in between hardships, “Dearest Lord Jesus, I just want to know You are here with me now. I just want to feel You, Your love, and that will suffice.” To know and feel His love that encompasses all – His mercy, salvation, healing, comfort – is the best thing that could ever happen to a human being.

I had found that, no matter how hard life on earth is, the love of God that’s in the Lord Jesus Christ makes everything bearable, lighter, comforting. It makes joy and peace to triumph. 

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Journey with Jesus,

Comments

  1. Audrey says:

    Thanks for this inspiring post!

  2. Beth says:

    Okay…you got me. I need your ebook. I’m so grateful God led me here. Absolutely beautiful post. My word for 2013 is embrace so you completely drew me in. Thank you. Signing up to follow.

    • RinaPeru says:

      I thank the Lord from the bottom of my heart for using my humble writings to bless readers like you :). I have sent your PDF copy. It’s my prayer that it will be a blessing to you.

  3. Karen says:

    Wonderful words of life! I sing a little chorus based on that verse. One of my favorites.

  4. Hi Rina:
    Yes you have hit it right on it’s holy head–His love is better than life. I haven’t understood for a long time how someone could wake up to this world of disappointments and hurts, even amid its glories, and not count on something more at the hands of a benevolent God.

  5. This is a great post.

    You are so right that there are many things which block us from receiving the love of God which is freely available to us.

    I’ve been thinking about the things that keep us from releasing God’s healing in our lives myself as I wrote a post called Trust in God – Are You Prepared to Let Go? It talks about how we can hold on to our pain sometimes and are unable to surrender it to God.

    Looking forward to continuing to know more of God’s love in my life day by day.

    Linked here from The Beauty in His Grip. Blessings.

    • RinaPeru says:

      Thank you for contributing your beautiful words here, Mel. Yes, everyday, as we surrender our wills and plans and fears to God, He will faithfully lead us to a life full of Him! Blessings!

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