God’s Love

Some years ago my father in law placed a squirrel feeder on a maple tree a few yards from his home. It’s a simple device—two boards and a nail on which to impale a corncob. Each morning a squirrel came to enjoy that day’s meal. She’s was a pretty thing—black with a round, gray tummy.

I would sit on his back porch in the morning and watch her eat. She plucked each kernel from the cob, holds it in her paws, turn it around and eat the heart out of the kernel. At the end of the day no kernels remain, only a neat little pile of leftovers under the tree.

Despite Eric’s care for her, the squirrel was afraid of him. When he approached, she would scurry away, taking refuge in her tree and chattering at him when he got too close. She didn’t know that he provided for her.

Some people are like that with God. They run from Him in fear. They have no idea that He loves them and richly provides them with everything for their enjoyment (Ps. 65:11).

Henry Scougal, a 17th-century Scottish minister, wrote:

Nothing is more powerful to engage our affection than to find that we are [loved by] One who is altogether lovely . . . . How must this astonish and delight us; how must it overcome our [fear] and melt our hearts.”

God’s love is the perfect love that “casts out fear” (1 John 4:18).

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