Have you seen this kid? His mouth is always open and every three seconds he asks, “Why?” At some point, the endless parade of questions gets down to one answer, “Just because!” Surely I am not the only one that has reached that point of frustration. Many people have resorted to the “just because” answer and inquisitive minds learned not to ask questions. That is not good because there are questions we ought to ask. Want to know some?
Why are we to love God? (see Deut. 6:4-5; Mark 12:29-30) There is a better answer than, “Just because.” It lies in Who He is. “Hear, O Israel! The Lord your God is one Lord.” This is a statement of God’s unique nature. He alone is God. No others can be God because He alone is eternally existent. He alone is perfect in all His thoughts and ways. He is to be loved above all else because He is love’s ultimate, perfect, holy Object. Love for anything else is falling short of love’s most worthy Object. Why would the Worthy One love unworthy ones? Why wouldn’t unworthy ones love the Worthy One?
Why does He say, “With all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength”? That is the measure of the Father’s love. He loves with His whole Person and His Person is infinite. That kind of love deserves a great deal more than a half-hearted response!
Soli Deo Gloria!