I recently re-watched Bruce Almighty, and fell in love all over again with the fun-loving plot. It’s fun to see Hollywood play around with the idea of God and actually get some stuff correct.
This time while watching, I noticed something that hadn’t affected me in previous viewings. I feel peace that this new found revelation is a special gift from God to me.
You see, I’ve been struggling with the concept of trusting God’s love. I accept that He love me (why wouldn’t I) but I struggle to believe that love is always going to be there. It seems so simple to think that His love could easily disappear, like the love of people tends to do. But through the reading of my word, I’ve discovered that He makes some pretty heavy promises to His children.
For example, check out this one:
He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? (Romans 8:32 ESV)
How cool is that? A promise that God, who gave the biggest sacrifice (His son) will not withhold anything from us. It’s like saying, I gave you the most expensive mansion. Why wouldn’t I give you furniture to put in it?
Man. That’s hard to debate when you think about it. We stress about so much, but God promises to provide each day if we place our faith in Him. That’s a love we can’t easily understand.
So as I’m watching Bruce Almighty, the protagonist asks God how he can make someone love him without affecting free will. The actor playing God laughs and says, “Son, if you can figure that out, let me know.” Bruce, the protagonist who has inherited God’s powers, proceeds to try everything within his power to convince his long-time girlfriend to forgive him. Any man can do this, and often does when found in the metaphoric dog house. But what really hit me was the scene where his girl friend was running and she saw their names written (inside of a heart) on every tree she passed on her jog. Picture that for a second. Your name. Inside of a heart. With A plus sign and the word God.
Pretty powerful, huh?
That’s the connection I made while watching the movie. Doesn’t God do this every day to us? For me, He writes love notes in the sun rises. He professes his deduction to me in the cool breeze that hits my face on the morning drive to work. He reaffirms me in the smell of sweat roses sitting on my desk. His pursuit of me I palpable, and I can’t help but think its high time I surrender to his persistent call and accept that He isn’t going anywhere. The lover of my soul wants me for an eternity, and he secured my spot by sending His Son to pay the necessary debt to make that happen. No price too high for him to get the chance to love me for eternity. Oh. My. Goodness.
So how do you convince someone to love you without affecting free will?
Apparently you never stop finding ways to show her how far you’re willing to go to captivate her heart.