You open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing.
Psalm 145,16 (ESV)
God is love! From all eternity the nature of the triune God is love. And it is evident in everything God does. It was apparent when He created the world. It was obvious when He chose Israel to be His people. It was demonstrated when He sent His Son. It comes out in different ways depending on the context in which the Bible speaks about God’s love.1 In this devotion we look at some of the amazing characteristics of the universal and caring love of God for His whole creation.
The main characteristic of this universal love of God is that it does not make any distinctions. When the Bible speaks about God’s love in this context, it points out that it is non-discriminating. You satisfy the desire of every living thing. God’s universal love does not make a difference between the good and the bad. God pours out His providential love not only on godly people but also on totally corrupt ones. In referring to this universal love of God Jesus says that God makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust (Matth. 5:44).
God’s universal love shows itself especially in His care for the world. God made the firm promise that while the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease. We do not need to worry; with love and wisdom God will sustain and preserve the world until His plans are completed.
God’s universal love also shows itself in His rule over this world. The Lord has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all (Ps 103:19). In His love He directs all things, controls the governments and intervenes. He has not given up on the fallen world. That we still have governments, however weak and bad they may be, is a sign of His providential love for His creation. If God, in His caring love, would not sustain the political and other structures all over the world, complete chaos would result.
We should reflect the universal love of God in our relationships with people: But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. Like God we also should not make any distinctions between friend and foe. As we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone (Gal 6:10).
With love and care God is running the world today – your world, too!
1 D.A. Carson describes these different ways in his book The God who is there, p. 136-138, Baker Books, 2010.