Devotional | Reckless Love

RECKLESS LOVE OF GOD

I (Jess) recently jumped on the Cory Asbury train and have been wrecked by the song "Reckless Love."

From the very first verse, I am totally engulfed in where his heart was in writing this song.

"Before I spoke a word, You were singing over me
You have been so, so good to me
Before I took a breath, You breathed Your life in me
You have been so, so kind to me"

Before I spoke a word, You were singing over me                                                                    "Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you" Jeremiah 1:5a
Before I took a breath, You breathed Your life in me
   "Before you were born, I set you apart" Jeremiah 1:5b

Y'all. That's only the first couple of verses and I am laser focused on the truth that he is singing. There is scripture weaved through and through these lyrics and it truly is incredible to know these verses and sing them to the Lord. Whoever says the Bible isn't alive, couldn't be more wrong. It is LIVING and BREATHING.

"Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
It chases me down, fights 'til I'm found, leaves the ninety-nine
I couldn't earn it, and I don't deserve it, still, You give Yourself away
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God"

I watched a video of Cory leading this song, and he stops halfway through to explain what the lyrics mean when he says, "It chases me down, fights 'til I'm found, leaves the ninety-nine" - and this is where I had a major ugly cry session because the incredible meaning behind those words. He's referring to the parable Jesus tells in Luke 15, "What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance."

So, is God's love "reckless?" No. He is merely saying "God is unconcerned with the consequences with regard to His safety, comfort and well-being when it comes to loving us." 

"His love leaves the
ninety-nine to find the
one every time, and
to many practical adults
that's a foolish concept."
-Cory Asbury

He gives himself away to us over and over - offers His heart, His love, His help. Time and time again we ignore His love in the hopes of finding it somewhere else. Do you know "the one?" I know I have someone very close to me that has fallen away from the Lord and is wandering out - trying to figure it out on their own. I pray that He finds this person, puts them on His shoulders, and carries them home. I pray this song over their life. 

"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"