God Is So Into You
Chaplain Cecelia A. Walker
Princeton Baptist Medical Center
“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:17b – 19)
He’s Just Not That Into You, a 2009 romantic comedy based on the self-help book of the same title, examines familiar scenarios and common mindsets that keep people running on the “hamster wheel” of unfulfilling relationships. The writers’ advice, if taken, would prevent hours lost waiting for phone calls, chronic preoccupation with trying to “fix” ourselves and unrealistic yearnings that the mixed messages given really mean “I’m in love with you and want to be with you”. Every person I know desires to be genuinely loved. Not just romantically, but in significant and meaningful ways we all need to feel special.
In our scripture, Paul is praying for us to be able to comprehend God’s love, even as he states that His love surpasses knowledge. One of the reasons we find it difficult to understand the extent of God’s love is that we project the love we share in human relationships onto God. Such a projection can cause us to underestimate and even minimize God’s love. In our experiences with people, we often find ourselves disappointed and taken for granted. These experiences can set us up to not understand nor trust the incomprehensible unconditional love that God has for us.
The stability of our love relationship with God is sure. God is all in, He’s so into you and He proves it time and time again. Paul recognizes that if we grow in our understanding of how much God loves us, it would impact how we live and experience life exponentially. God’s love is “wide”. It is so expansive and infinite that it reaches every person, ministers to every concern and covers every sin. God’s love is “long”. He has loved us always, before the foundation of the world. Before we knew Him He loved us. God’s love is “high”. Because of His love, eyes have not seen nor have ears heard the great things God has prepared for us. His love takes us to new heights! And God’s love is “deep”. His love is so deep that Jesus left heaven to come down to earth to bear the cross for our sins.
Paul concludes this section of scripture expressing this hope: “…that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God”. That fullness grows as we deepen in our understanding of God’s love for us. It is liberating and comforting to know that the Creator of the universe loves us unconditionally without revocation.
Dear God, thank You so much for the gift of Your love. Help us to rest in the width, length, height and depth of Your transforming, powerful love. Help us to understand Your investment in us and share Your love with others daily. Please fill us with the abundant life and power that comes from You alone. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.