Today's Devotions

Showcase: Trust

  • Trusting Relationship +

    Do I trust in God--do I know God? Is that why I don't overflow with all joy and peace, because Read More
  • Trust: The Key to Perseverance: the film Legend of the Guardian +

    Whether flashy or humdrum, evil has the propensity to discourage us, to deter us from following the direction of Christ's Read More
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(500) Days of Summer

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. 1 John 4:16:

Is love possible apart from God? Before the opening scene, a note, part explanatory, part warning, appears in (500) Days of Summer: This is not a love story. (500) Days of Summer is an entertaining, interesting, creatively-directed movie with great music and good acting. It also serves (unwittingly) as a cautionary tale of the hollow, painfully wistful nature of desiring love apart from God.
During the first hundred days this woman’s affection and hoped for love compels Tom, the male lead, to break into dance, punch a guy in the face (and get punched in the face), and write some of the best greeting cards at his day job. But by the second hundred days he is like a child who is angry at the ocean for taking away his sand creation. He quietly accuses Summer, as their romance begins to wither, "You do what you want to do."

It takes something startling, however, to convince him that whatever connects them is insubstantial. As Tom walks up to a party on the roof of Summer’s Los Angeles apartment building, the screen splits into two different scenarios with narration: Tom’s expectations and reality. The expectations are of a warm greeting followed by a romantic reunion with her. The reality is unpleasant enough to provoke him into bolting in pain (and perhaps shame) as he recognizes his love for her is unreciprocated. Would that what Tom did was science fiction, an example of a one in a billion fluke in human existence. Like it or not, most of us allow a similar false expectation to take life in our thoughts until it pervades our daily life: we can have our own way, we can do what we want. And we don’t need anyone’s (read God’s) help.

Netflix and theaters carry seemingly limitless numbers of stories retelling the myth of how pursuing a partner in love is the elusive ingredient to fulfillment. Earthly, human love, while wonderful, exciting and rewarding, pales in comparison to the fulfillment the love God has for us. As 1 John declares, God is love, the author of all love, the source for our ability to love. We can use whatever word we want to describe something that is special, wonderful, intoxicating, or seemingly meant to be, but if it is not rooted and grounded in the deep, sweet waters of the love of God, it will eventually become desiccated.

Additional scripture references
Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. Psalm 106:1

For great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Psalm 108:4

O Israel, put your hope in the LORD, for with the LORD is unfailing love and with him is full redemption. Psalm 130:7



Reflections to Consider

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Audio & Video

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  • Canticle of the Turning by Gary Daigle, Rory Cooney & Theresa Donohoo +

    1. My soul cries out with a joyful shoutthat the God of my heart is great,And my spirit sings of Read More
  • Come Alive (Dry Bones) by Lauren Daigle +

    Through the eyes of men it seems Read More
  • First by Lauren Daigle +

    Before I bring my need Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • Your Grace Is Enough by Matt Maher +

    Great is Your faithfulness, oh GodYou wrestle with the sinner's heartYou lead us by still waters and to mercyAnd nothing Read More
  • Christ is Risen by Matt Maher +

    Let no one caught in sin remain*Inside the lie of inward shameWe fix our eyes upon the crossAnd run to Read More
  • Lord, I Need You by Matt Maher +

    Lord, I come, I confessBowing here I find my restWithout You I fall apartYou're the One that guides my heart Read More
  • Hold us together by Matt Maher +

    It don't have a job, don't pay your bills Read More
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