God does not expect perfection. I just don’t think He ever expects us to get there in this lifetime. Our God is a God of mystery – absolute and unconditional love for creatures who seem bent on sin and who must constantly be reminded of who we are in Him. God will always love each of us with this amazing love.
Because of this love, God comes to meet us in all the ugliness of life. He comes to us in our brokenness, in our failures, in our rebellion. God does not seek out just the holiest of saints, but He seeks out each and every one of us. That a God who is perfect in every way would seek to be in relationship with you and me is hard to comprehend.
Yet God meets us just right where we are. His Spirit enters into our hearts and dwells within us. In the constant battle with our inclination to temptation and sin, the Spirit never gives up, never tires of reminding us of God’s ways. God sticks with us and continues to offer this divine presence, almost in spite of us.
It does require almost constant effort to keep us on track and on the path that God desires for our lives. At times we take a great detour. But it matters not – God is always there, waiting for an audience with us. His patience must be almost as big as His love. Each of us is capable of mirroring a glimpse of this great love and, like all good parents, God eagerly awaits those moments when His heart swells with pride and the angels cheer. Soon enough though, we return to being just ourselves – human in all ways, imperfect in many. Yet God still loves us. God is still right there. It is not about us in any way. It is simply because of His great love. For this, thanks be to God.
Scripture reference: 1 Kings 2:10-12 and 3: 3-14