Friday, June 24, 2016 at 6:36AM
Roger Reid

One day a toddler exclaimed to his mother "I love you."  The mother was curious about what makes a 3-year old tick, so she asked him why he loved her.  He answered, "Because you play cars with me."  When she asked if there was any other reason, he said, "Nope.  That's it."  

When you begin to think about the response of that toddler, it causes one to stop and begin to think about the way we relate to God.  Do we love and trust Him just because of what He does for us?  What about when the blessings disappear?

Job had to answer these questions when catastrophes claimed his children and demolished his entire estate.  His wife advised him: "Curse God and die."  Instead, Job asked, "Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?"  Job struggled after his tragedy --- he became angry with his friends and questioned God.  Still, he vowed, "Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him."  

Job's affection for his heavenly Father didn't depend on a tidy solution to his problems.  Rather, he loved and trusted God because of all that He is.  Job said, "God is wise in heart and mighty in strength." 

Our love for God must not be based solely on His blessings but because of who He is.

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