How High?

How High?

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What are you struggling with today? Are you lonely or fearful or discouraged? We all go through various hills and valleys in our Christian walk. We all have seasons and times where it’s harder to feel the joy Jesus promises us. Psalm 103:11 tells us:

“For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him” (ESV)

I believe this is the key to fighting discouragement.

If we truly believe we are steadfastly loved by Jesus, we can rest in that promise and live victoriously.

I think we often don’t think about this or even realize we’re not believing it. I know I don’t. I must constantly remind myself of this truth, but even then it doesn’t always sink in.

Psalm 103:11 as high as the heavens are above the earth

How high are the heavens above the earth? I don’t think the writer of Psalms meant this literally, but I did a quick google search and the earth’s atmosphere is about 6,200 miles high. There are 5,280 feet in a mile, so 6,200 x 5,280 = 32 million 700 thousand feet.

This number boggles the mind, so let’s just think about where airplanes fly at about 30-35,000 feet. When you are at that altitude and there’s no cloud cover, you can barely see any details on the ground. Only major landmarks such as rivers and oceans stand out.

So imagine that God’s love for you is the space from airplane height to the ground….all over planet earth!

How much love this is! If we truly believed this and rested in it, how would we think and live?

  • When I feel lonely and forgotten, I’d remember that He’s promised to never leave me or forsake me. He wants to be with me and makes His home with me. (Hebrews 13:5, John 14:23)
  • When I am afraid, I’d remember that I can trust Him completely and that He’s my good Father and Shepherd, lovingly leading me. (Psalm 56:3, Psalm 23)
  • When I feel unworthy or condemned, I’d remember that He took my shame and sin upon Himself and made me a new creation. He went to the cross out of love for me. (Romans 8:1, 2 Corinthians 5:17)
  • When I feel unappreciated, I’d remember that Jesus calls me His child and is working to make me into His likeness. He longs to hug me to His bosom as a loving Father and give me rest. (I John 3:1-2)
  • When I struggle to love others, I’d meditate on how much He loves me and desire for it to spill over in my life!

We’re told repeatedly in scripture that Jesus loves us. His love is steadfast, which means changeless, immovable, dependable, intense. His kind of love is like no other kind and we never need fear that we will lose it. Never, ever. Romans 8 says nothing can separate us from his love:

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39

Jesus loves us on our best days and on our worst. He saw us when we were being formed in our mother’s womb and He will be there when we take our last breath. And every day in between, He sees us, knows us and loves us completely.

Believe it, dear friend! Let it sink into your heart and mind and soul. And then live accordingly.

Linda Graf About Linda Graf

Linda Graf is the author of  Bitter Truth: My Story of Bitterness, Grace and Repentance. She wrote it after the Lord freed her from a lifestyle of anger and bitterness. She is a musician, a mentor and mother. Being an author was never on her radar, but during her journey from bitterness to joy in Christ, she was compelled to write about it. Check out her website where she blogs regularly.

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