When I was Your foe, still Your love fought for me
You have been so, so good to me
When I felt no worth, You paid it all for me
You have been so, so kind to me
oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine
And I couldn’t earn it, and I don’t deserve it, still, You give Yourself away
There’s no shadow You won’t light up
Mountain You won’t climb up
Coming after me
There’s no wall You won’t kick down
Lie You won’t tear down
Coming after me
-Reckless Love, Cory Asbury
Let me just start by saying I love this song. From the first time I heard it, it impacted me in such a powerful way. Perhaps it doesn’t make sense to some. Why would we describe God’s love as reckless? Isn’t that a bad thing?
When I look at the ocean it makes me think of the way Yahweh loves. His love goes deeper than the darkest depths, farther than the expanse, and fierce as the waves crashing up against the rocks. Wave after wave after wave, it keeps coming back to the shore. Nothing can stop that from happening, it’s nature. It’s reckless. It cannot be contained.
It goes deep. So very deep, we can’t even imagine it. We’re not designed to live without God. Nothing can replace Him. Not ambitious passion, not all the money in the world, no relationship, can fill that void. Without Him, we will always feel empty, searching and yearning for something more.
The dictionary defines the word “reckless” as: “
To me, that sounds like a sacrifice.
God Himself, isn’t reckless, He knows all and sees all. He’s had a plan laid out since the beginning of time. But, the way He loves us can be, just thinking about what He did. He sent His only son to die for us so that we might live, even though we are sinners. (Romans 5:8)
And so, He sets before us a decision. “Follow Me,” He says. He gives us a chance to become His children. To receive His blessings and walk in His ways. If we choose to go our own way and try to live our lives without Him we will suffer the consequences of that decision. But that doesn’t mean He stops loving us, and it doesn’t mean He stops giving us a chance to repent of our sin.
Even though we make mistakes and turn away from Him, HE LOVES US.
Even though we don’t deserve it, HE LOVES US.
Even though sometimes we don’t reciprocate that love, HE LOVES US.
Not because of what we’ve done or will do, but because of what He’s already done. Not because of who we are, but because of who He is. He didn’t create us because He needed us, He created us because he wanted us.
There is no greater love than this.
It’s a Christian cliche to always be talking about His love, writing songs about grace and forgiveness, as if it gives us the right to do whatever we want. I’ve heard a lot of those songs, they’re the kind we hear on all Christian radio stations because they make us feel good about ourselves. Then they get overplayed to the point where we never want to hear them again. This song was different for me, though. It’s a reminder that doesn’t seem like another cliche. It makes sense to me.
I want to make a point to remind myself of that much more often. Just to stop in the middle of my day and think “Wow, Yeshua really loves me.”
Who shall separate us from the love of the Messiah? Shall pressure, or distress, or persecution, or scarcity of food, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?
As it has been written, “For Your sake we are killed all day long, we are reckoned as sheep of slaughter.” (Psa. 44:22)
But in all this we are more than overcomers through Him who loved us.
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor messengers nor principalities nor powers, neither the present nor the future,
nor height nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of Elohim which is in Messiah יהושע our Master.
Blessed are we, to know such a crazy, wild, overwhelming, never-ending, unfailing, reckless love.
Because of this, I want to give back to Him, I want to be called His child, I want to follow the Torah, I want to walk with Him every single day of my life. And I want to love others in that way, giving without expecting anything in return, praying for those who have hurt me countless times, being slow to anger, always patient, kind, and willing to forgive.
“I can’t brag about my love for God, because I fail Him daily, but I can brag about His love for me, because it never fails.” -Adam Young