How Wide is God’s Love? Is it wide enough to cover all my sin?
Is it broad enough to encircle all my insecurities and idols?
Does it reach far enough around to hold on to me when I’m puffed up with pride?
Let’s focus in on a passage that mentions the the latitudinal measurement of the earth, from the east to the west.
12 He has removed our sins as far from us
as the east is from the west.
13 The Lord is like a father to his children,
tender and compassionate to those who fear him.
14 For he knows how weak we are;
he remembers we are only dust.
15 Our days on earth are like grass;
like wildflowers, we bloom and die.
16 The wind blows, and we are gone—
as though we had never been here.
17 But the love of the Lord remains forever
with those who fear him.
His salvation extends to the children’s children
18 of those who are faithful to his covenant,
of those who obey his commandments!
When I want to the Lord this morning and asked him to rid my heart of the things that were on his throne there I really thought about verse 12 the rest for the next few hours. What does “as far as the east is from the west” really mean?
As I mediated on it, the Lord showed me a few things. For one, he couldn’t sit on his throne because something else was there already. Something else had taken his place in my heart. Have you ever sad down on a chair without looking and sat right top of something. Ouch. Not really the experience anyone, especially the King of Kings is expecting int he heart of his daughter.
So I asked him to help me take that thing off his throne chair! I want him and him alone to be seated at the proper position in my heart. King. In charge. Calling the shots. Me- coming before him and bowing, as a servant, ready to receive her orders.
So as I thought about the opposite directions of the east from the west, I thought about turning around, repenting, REFOCUSING 🙂 if you will. I can’t keep going east with Jesus and go west on my own. IT ITSN’T POSSIBLE. Have you ever had a compass in the woods and gone both ways, east and west at the same time? No!
His love is wide enough. Wider than we can fathom. We could go off wandering on our own every single morning. Headed due west, all by ourselves. But his love is wide enough. He would walk all the way to California every single time we strayed and bring us back home to North Carolina (best state there is:)!
And he would ask us before we started walking back to NC,
“Are you ready to come back with me? Good, now, leave that heavy back sack of sin right there. Just drop it on the ground. I already paid your punishment for you to just leave it there. Doesn’t that feel better? Now, come, follow me the road home.
Ya’ll should try that today. Give him your heavy backpack in the West and head East with Jesus.
Here is a little gift to help us all hide His word in our hearts this month: heart shaped weekly memory verse cards for the passage we are memorizing together, 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. Print out 1 or a few copies and post them on your bathroom mirror, your car dashboard, your kitchen window, your computer screen. Wherever! His Word is transforming!
Download Here: Love Letters from God Memory Verses
Here’s an amazing song I love with lyrics that encompass God’s wide love for us:
3 thoughts on “God’s Love is Wider Than East to West”
Amy, this is such a good word. I love what you said about God not being able to sit on His own throne! I know I must search my heart often, because with all we have going on, it’s so so easy to let anything just slip into that spot. Thank you for sharing this, what a great reminder for me.
Thanks so much for the song & reminder of God’s Love for us is as far as the east is from the west, God’s Love is Forever & that’s the Love that we need for God and one another. Just ask God for his Love to saturate your entire being its a reminder for myself daily. God bless all of his body, Amen 🙏
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For Decades, since the 70’s I’ve used the phrase “I Love you as far as the East is from the West”. Every since I started in the Ministry and raising my children up in the word I’ve always tried to teach them the Magnificence and Power of God’s Love. That as much as He Loves us as his children, that’s as much as I love them as mine. As they grew older they began to comprehend God’s Love and it’s true meaning . Today I have passed this on to my Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren as well and I explain that when you are going East it never stops going East, and the same for the West. They are Never-ending. Sometimes that thought is overwhelming and I have to tell myself to breath. I’m so grateful for you sharing these songs. I love your music…Thank You and God Bless You All.