Paul wrote: “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ. (Ephesians 3:17b-18 NIV)
Among his many hymns, George Beverly Shea, the long-time music leader of the famed evangelist, Billy Graham wrote a hymn titled, “The Wonder of It All.” In this simple hymn, Shea reminded us that “the wonder of wonders is that God loves me.” Shea indicated that the inspiration for this hymn came in his recounting to a stranger what happened at a Billy Graham Crusade. In attempting to explain the masses coming forward at the invitation, Shea found himself saying, “Oh if you could just see the wonder of it all.” Later that evening as Shea thought about his conversation, he wrote the lyrics of this hymn.
In his pastoral prayer recorded in Ephesians, Paul prayed that the Ephesians “grasp the love of Christ.” Most people never grasp the depths of Christ’s love. Tragedy comes, and people doubt or question God’s love. People sin and then wonder if God still loves them. In those times, may all of us be able to comprehend that the issue of God’s love was settled for us on the cross.
Our prayer for every person ought to be that each person might understand how “wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.” Or, as George Beverly Shea said:
O, the wonder of it all! The wonder of it all!
Just to think that God loves me.
This Christmas week, pray that others will be able to comprehend the love of God displayed in Jesus.