“The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”
Trying to define the love of God is one of the impossible tasks any person could ever attempt. There are not enough adjectives or superlatives to express the magnitude of God’s love. When God explained His love He said, “I have loved thee with an everlasting love…” This explanation in itself is a great explanation for the believer and should give comfort to them to know that God’s love never ends. However, God continues to define the greatness of His love by continuing to say, “…therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” God was saying that not only was His love everlasting, but His love is a “drawn” love. The drawn love of God means several things.
First, a drawn love means that God’s love pulled you from the miry clay. Psalm 40:2 reminds us, “He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.” It doesn’t matter how deep sin takes you, God’s drawn love can reach deep enough to draw you out of the mess you get yourself into. You must always remember that you can never go so deep that God’s drawn love can’t pull you out of sin’s miry mess.
Second, a drawn love means that God’s love allures you by sending His Son. How much does God love you? He loves you so much that He sacrificed His Son for you. God’s drawn love is found in John 3:16. Maybe the greatest display of God’s love to you is that He gave His Son so that He could have a relationship with you again.
Third, a drawn love means that God’s love attracts you by dying on the cross for you. Romans 5:8 reminds us, “God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” It is attracting that God would die for us when we should have been the one to die for our own sins. God’s drawn love was willing to sacrifice His life to reconcile you to Him.
Fourth, a drawn love means that God’s love is extended to you through the gift of eternal life. The drawn love of God offered the gift of eternal life in Romans 6:23. The greatness of God’s drawn love was experienced when you accepted that gift of eternal life.
Fifth, a drawn love means that God’s love removed the veil to give you direct access to the Father through prayer. God loved you so much that His Son’s death is what tore the veil in twain so that you and He could fellowship in prayer daily.
Sixth, a drawn love means that God’s love builds you from where you are. Verse 4 says, “…I will build thee…” My friend, God didn’t save you and leave you to build your Christian life, but He is willing to build you if you will yield to His Holy Spirit and obey His Word.
Seventh, a drawn love means that God’s love blesses you when you don’t deserve His blessings. Verse 5 shows that God’s love would allow His blessings to become “common.” The drawn love of God is amazing because He is willing to bless us immeasurably when we don’t deserve His blessings.
The few sentences of this devotional cannot express the greatness of God’s drawn love. Let me encourage you to reciprocate God’s drawn love by serving Him, and emulate His drawn love in every relationship you have with others.