To gain any access to the power and goodness of God, he must first love us. We are not entitled to anything from him. The very character of God, however, is to be “gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love” (cf. Ex. 34:6-7; Num. 14: 18; 2 Chr. 30:9; Neh. 9:17; Ps. 86:15, 103:8, 145:8, Joel 2:13). God is not a heavenly Donkey Kong, constantly throwing barrels in our way to keep us from attaining his favor. Instead it is his very “desire” to pour out his love on us as our Father and our Savior.
As Father, God desires to use his power and goodness to adopt, provide for and to sustain his children (cf. Rom. 8:32; Jam. 1:17-18). This is astonishing, given again the fact that we are unworthy sinners (cf. 1 John 3:1). As Savior, God desires to use his power and goodness to deliver his people from their sins to everlasting joy in intimacy with him (cf. Tit. 3:3-7).
Do you believe these things about God? Are you certain that he loves you so much as to care for you and to accomplish your salvation? Unless you believe in him as your only Provider and Savior, you do not truly rely on him so as to honor him.