Crossroads: How Big Is God’s Love?

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Psalm 36:5-10

Your Story

Talk about a time when you felt how much God loves you. Perhaps this was during a difficult time in your life when you felt surrounded by His love. Or perhaps you realized how much God loves you when your children were born.

My Story and the Bible Story

I can remember saying “I love you this much!” as a child, with my arms open wide. I’m sure you’ve seen children do this before: they open their arms as wide as they can and say “I love you this much!” Or they give you a bear hug and squeeze and say the same thing. Whatever it is, you can see the depth of their love. And then you open your arms to them as well, as wide as you can and say “I love you this much!” As a parent, you deeply love your children. And as your child, they deeply love you. How much more, then, must our Heavenly Parent love us?

In Psalm 36:5-10 we read: “Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep. O Lord, You preserve both man and beast. How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light. Continue your love to those who know you, your righteousness to the upright in heart.” How big God’s love must be! God’s love reaches all the way to the heavens.

Think about the tallest skyscraper you know of. The tallest skyscraper in the United States is the One World Trade Center at a gigantic 1,776 feet tall. The Empire State Building is 1,250 feet tall. These are huge buildings, and yet they cannot compare to God’s love. Psalm 36 tells us that God’s love reaches all the way to the heavens. God’s love is bigger than the tallest skyscraper in the world (the Burj Khalifa in Dubai is 2,717 feet tall with 163 floors). If God’s arms were open wide to show us how much He loves us, they would be bigger than the tallest skyscraper in the world! Isn’t it amazing to think that God’s love is bigger than the biggest building we have?

Psalm 36 goes on to tell us that God not only loves us, but He also provides us refuge. When things are going wrong in our lives, when it seems like nothing good ever happens, we can hide in the shadow of God’s wings. We can go to God and ask for help and He will give us His peace. God never stops being our refuge, and He never stops loving us. So the next time you wonder how big God’s love is for you, remember that it is bigger than the tallest building in the world, and it is deeper than the deepest part of the ocean (which almost 36,000 feet deep!). What an amazing God we serve!

Action and Discussion

• Ask your children how they know that God loves them.
• Google pictures of the tallest buildings in the world and the Mariana Trench to show your children a visual example of how big God’s love is.
• Talk about ways to show God’s love to others this week.

Prayer

Thank God for how much He loves us. Ask Him for help in sharing His love with others.

Jessica Asbell is currently serving as the Minister to Children at First Baptist Church of Roswell, GA. She has worked with children in various capacities at several churches, including Winter Park Baptist in Wilmington, NC, First Baptist of Decatur, GA, and Highland Hills Baptist in Macon, GA. She has a Master of Divinity from McAfee School of Theology and a BBA from Mercer University. In her spare time she loves to read, watch movies, and of course spend time with her sweet kitty, Lucy.

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