He is jealous for me, Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree,Bending beneath the weight of his wind and mercy.
When all of a sudden, I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory,
And I realize just how beautiful You are,
And how great Your affections are for me.
The greatest realizations of the truths waged in the battle against sin are in the context of love. These lines from the song “How He Loves” hit me like a proverbial ton of bricks. Usually I think of this song in the context of mercy, what God has done for us in sending His Son, and the opportunity to move beyond the past and present and press toward the future He has given us in light of His loving sacrifice. Tonight was a little bit different.
Tonight it hit me as a reason to fight, and to fight against sin and Satan. I realized for the first time in a long time again God’s affections for me. Yeah I knew them mentally, but not so much truly in my heart especially in this context. My context has mostly been realizing it after I’ve messed up somehow, relying on His grace and mercy to become more like He is despite my tendency to return to my sinful humanity. This new realization for me is based in the context of spiritual warfare. In spiritual warfare, one of our greatest assets in it is truth. We combat the many kinds of lies of Satan and his demons by the Truth of God. For example, if Satan says we are worthless and no one cares about us or what happens we fight it by the truth that God loves us in John 3:16-17. It’s typical, but powerful to keep in the heart. God saw so much worth in humanity that He sacrificed His Son for the sin of the world. If we weren’t worth something and no one cared what happened to us why would some god sacrifice so much for little fleshlings that were soon to return to dust under his feet? Of course there is a plethora of Scriptures and examples outside of Scripture that shows that God cares for us and humanity. The fine tuning of the universe, the provision of food and shelter, and at a basic life and breath. To go beyond that we go back to John 3:16-17 to have hope beyond what we can see.
This was an example thought of on the spot as I wrote this, but I hope you can see in this small example how powerful and thorough fighting the lies of Satan with truth can be. He says we are worthless, yet we can thump the Bible on top of many scientific, medical, philosophical, historical, etc. books to crush the lies of Satan.
So He loves us. He loves us like a hurricane, His strong winds bending us beneath the weight of His wind and mercy. We are a tree whos roots grow deep into Christ because of the stress placed on our branches by the nature of who He is. Trees naturally bend and sway when winds blow them around. They grow stronger. We do the same as He blows us around with His mercy. A natural result of realizing the scope of His mercy in our lives should be rooting deeper into Christ. In the context of spiritual warfare, we are able to withstand whatever storms Satan throws at us because we live in a hurricane of His love. The roots of our faith are deepened by the knowledge of the depth of His mercy in our lives enabling us to fight Satan better and better as our faith deepens as we grow in relationship to Him. It’s also good to keep in mind that he didn’t make us into, I dunno, a plant like corn. Corn would blow over leaving a bunch of dead waste in the aftermath of strong winds. He and His love doesn’t make us into something weak, but being made in His image through His strength we are made strong.
The next three lines are beautiful. In light of the ugly battle of sin and Satan’s detestable lies, the truth of God’s glory surpassing the imperfections of the world intertwined with His love and beauty leaves an indelible feeling in the heart. The truth that He is so much greater and is so affectionate towards us is so refreshing. Faced with the stench and ugliness of sin and Satan (a trash dump is a good one), it’s like having it replaced with a beautiful animated picture of a sea shore with stars racing by overhead with the spray caressing your face as you breathe deep the smell of the ocean. Imagine being in the middle of this, standing there in the starlight — http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/07/time-lapse-night-sky/ . Still doesn’t do it justice. Nothing ever could.