Into the Heavens – A Devotional by Caran Janzten

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“Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.” Psalm 36:5

One thing that I love about fall and winter in southern Canada is that I am awake before the sun rises. I love watching the eastern sky become illuminated by the sun’s rays; I never tire of the vibrant pinks and oranges reflecting off of the cloud formations and snow capped mountains.

God’s creation is truly amazing. It points us to our Creator, and brings a song of praise to our lips. What is even more amazing is God’s love for us. Psalm 36 tells of God’s unconditional love being so vast that it unfolds into the heavens; His unwavering devotion so unparalleled that it stretches to the skies.

It is not always easy to see the love God has for us. We get caught up in our own problems and fail to look to Him. We often hide ourselves from His love behind a cloud of guilt or in a fog of doubt. We miss seeing the love he pours down on us every day.

God demonstrated the depth of His love for us when He gave up a part of Himself, His perfect Son, to become a sacrifice on our behalf. Through Jesus’ death and resurrection we can once and for all be cleansed of our sin, forgiven and made new. In love, God sacrificed His own son so that we can become a part of His family.

Dear God, you are faithful and loving. Help me today to grasp how wide and long and high and deep your love is for me. Please help me to believe and embrace the love you have for me; and give me courage to love my family, friends, and even strangers with the kind of love you have shown to me. Amen.

Thought:  Whenever you catch a glimpse of the sky outside today, let it serve as a reminder to thank the Lord for His immeasurable love for you. If you are struggling to believe how much God loves you, read a part of Paul’s prayer for the Ephesian Church (Ephesians 3:14-19). Insert your own name, and lift this prayer up to the Lord.

By Caran Jantzen
Used by Permission

Further Reading

•  An Unearthly Love – by Max Lucado

•   The Reach of God’s Love – by Charles Stanley

•  Receiving God’s Love –  by Kyle Norman

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