It recently hit me.
In everything that God allows into the lives of His children--His children--He is loving us. In the moments of those who name Him "Daddy," His love precedes Him.
Through difficult relationships, long lines, broke-down treasures, disobedient cells, He sheds the self-life in His own. He continually teaches of His sufficient grace. Nothing is arbitrary.
Do you believe that? Do you see His acts of love in moments far from ideal?
His love does not equal our happiness. At least not as the chief motivator. His love pursues with vision of our transformation into a holy vessel, for His glory and our ultimate good. His love pierces, heals, reveals, and soothes the places within us that hinder the flow of Himself.
Life apart from His love filling and overflowing in us leaves one sensing the futility. Meaning and hope arise when we rest in the truth of His Word, regardless of circumstance or ever-changing feelings:
In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that...(nothing) shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:37-39)
His love comes first.