God’s Unfailing Love

You know how, when you are going through a tough time, your close friends and family members tell you to call on them for anything, that they will always be there for you?

The Lord is showing me that really, only He is the One who is always there.

Recently, life has been hard, and I’ve felt the need to call a friend to talk to. But something has kept me from doing it.  I think it’s because God wants me to turn to Him first. No matter how sensitive, smart, Godly or wise the friends I seek out are, they are not God, and they simply can’t be.

Now, I’m not advocating we don’t talk to our friends and family when we are hurting or struggling.  Our God is a relational God, and we are meant to be in relationship with Him and others. God gives us the gift of friendship so we can “do” life with other people.

God just needs to be the first person we talk to.

So, it is with this mindset that I turned to my homework one day last week in our current study, Heart of a Woman. We were asked to read and meditate on Psalm 107.  It starts with:

“Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever!” (Psalm 107:1).

Steadfast love is a love that is not only resolute and firm, it’s faithful, constant, devoted, and a committed love.  It is not fickle.  It does not change.  And on top of that, the psalmist tells us our good God’s steadfast love endures forever!

Much of what struck me about this psalm is that over and over, the psalmist gives examples of the Lord’s people sinning against Him, rebelling against Him, turning away from Him, and suffering the (just) consequences of their sin.  Yet, when they cry out in distress, the Lord answers them.  Consider some examples of the Lord’s reactions in the psalm:

He delivered them from their distress (vs 6) and destruction (vs 30)

He led them by a straight way (vs 7)

He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death (vs 13) and to their desired haven (vs 30)

He burst their bonds apart (vs 14)

He shatters the doors of bronze and cuts in two the bars of iron (vs 16)

He sent out His Word and healed them (vs 20)

He made the storm be still (vs 29)

He raises up the needy out of affliction (vs 40)

I also noticed that every action in the psalm is ascribed to God.  Not us.  In other words, the psalmist does not say, “We made the storm be still” or “We burst our bonds apart.”  The psalmist says “He.” The Lord.  We cannot do any of this on our own or by ourselves.  It is only by God’s grace.  God’s strength.  God’s love.

It saddens me to say this, but I think I sometimes take God’s love for granted.  I know it’s there, but I’m not living my life in grateful response to it. I recognize myself in the Israelites.  I think of calling a friend when life is hard, rather than talking to God and listening for His voice throughout the day.

Psalm 107:21 says, “Let them (us!) give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for mankind.”  May we take to heart the truth of God’s unfailing love and what it means for our lives.  May we remember Who God is and all He has done.  And may we cling to the promise of His steadfast love, knowing it endures forever.

Growing in Grace

 

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