iLately the praise song that I've been listening to is the reckless love of God. The chorus for this song goes like this: "Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God. Oh, it chases me down, fights 'til I'm found, leaves the ninety-nine I couldn't earn it, and I don't deserve it still, You give Yourself away. Oh, the overhelming, never-ending, reckless lover of God.".
As many of you know I battle depression on a daily basis. When I was first diagnosed with it, I felt as if my faith wasn't enough and that is why I had depression. How could someone who knew God and was known by Him be depressed? It took a Christian counselor to explain to me that myt brain wasn't wired the same as a healthy brain. I have misfires in my brain that cause me to have a medical depression. It's how I'm wired. Well then, my thoughts went to how could God wire me like this? Did he make a mistake? I just couldn't comprehend it! It took many years for me to realize that this depression isn't a curse but a mechanism that God uses to humble me. Humble me so that I know to give Him the credit, the praise. This depression makes me so much more aware of this reckless lover of God. Why? Because I ask myself daily how could God love someone like me?
All the mistakes I've made, all the people I've hurt, how much I've hurt Him. But Luke 15 tells us, "Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, 'This man welcomes sinners and eats with them. Then Jesus told them this parable: "Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn't he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, "Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep."
I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in Heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who so not need to repent. "Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn't she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neiighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.' In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."
Brothers and Sisters, God chases us, sinners, foes. He won't stop till he gets us. There is nothing that keeps His love away from us, His reckless love. I will always have depression until I'm in eternity, but God's reckless love will always fight for me and you! Believe it, it is the truth above all other truths.
Praise God, your Brother In Christ, Pastor Dan Johnson