We will only give up what we love for someone we love even more. Evangelist Sheffy was a circuit-rider in colonial America. He had a horse he loved to death. But he felt God leading him to give his beloved horse to a man who didn’t have one. Because of his love for God, the evangelist obeyed, and was later blessed beyond his wildest imagination.

It was much easier for Sheffy to give up his horse than it was for God to give up His only Son. Jesus was the Word Who spoke the world into existence. He was with God from the very beginning of time. He was fully God. But in God’s plan, Jesus would have to give up His life to pay for the sins of the world.

There is nothing stronger than the love God the Father had for His Son. But God in Christ loved us more than His own life. He gave up what was most precious to Him so that we could be restored to fellowship. It’s hard to believe God could love us that much.

You may be wrestling with discouragement because people have failed you. Or you could be depressed because God seems to be taking so long to answer your prayers. Perhaps it doesn’t seem fair God has allowed someone to sell his house quickly when you’ve unsuccessfully tried to sell yours for a long time. Even though you might not be able to see God in your circumstances, you can be sure He cares about you. He gave up His life for you. Don’t give up on Him.

When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. — President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder