Today's Devotional


God's Optimism

by Simon Whitton

15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God.
16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.
17 In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him.
18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

1 John 4:15-18 (NIV)

I was brought up as an atheist, and this evolved into a disdain for Christianity.  I would argue with Christians that God did not exist, and I recall asking some that if they truly believed in Hell as a place of eternal torment, why did they have children and risk that they could end up there?

They didn't have an answer for that question, just as atheists don't have answers for many questions.  A few years later I became a Christian anyway. My faith in God and knowing Him bridged gaps in my understanding.  But then one day the Lord showed me that the answer to that question was in this scripture:

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8a (NIV)

We are told in 1 John that 'God is love', so it's possible to say:

God is patient, God is kind.  He does not envy, He does not boast, He is not proud. God is not rude, He is not self-seeking, He is not easily angered, He keeps no record of wrongs.  God does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. God always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  God never fails.

The attitude of God is that He 'always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres', and this should be our attitude. As we face the difficulties and uncertainties of life, it should not be with fear, but with the nature and character of God, with His confidence and optimism.

Fear has no place in our future or our past.  When we look back on our lives, let's not frame events with disappointment and condemnation.  Instead, let's see the good, the purpose, the protection of God and the redemption.

Know the love that God has for you, and then live in the love of God.  Let God's love not only change the way you look at your own life, but let it also change the way you look at the people around you.

Spend some time in prayer and pray that the love of God would transform you. That your perspective and attitude towards yourself, your past, your future, and towards other people, will become like God's.