This morning I was reminded of something that I think everyone needs a reminder of every single day. Not because we are so dumb that we can’t grasp the concept for more than 24 hours at a time, but because we simply need to declare this and have this spoken over us as often as possible.
What I’m getting at is this: His love endures forever.
God’s love for you never changes. It never goes away for a day or two and then comes back when you do the right thing. It never wanes when you’re having a bad day and it never even increases when you’re having an exceptionally good day. The truth is, He loves you just as much today as when you were formed by His will in your mother’s womb. Whatever measure of love He feels for you right now will never change. And His love is infinite, eternal, stronger than any human love and greater than death.
The problem is that while His love never changes, the circumstances you’re in do change. Things happen that, quite frankly, just make you want to curl up into a ball and never face another day again. People may leave you, or you may find yourself having to leave people. You may have just faced a death in your life. Maybe you lost your job or just experienced heartbreak. Perhaps you’re ill or in pain and there’s nothing to ease it. It may be that you’re forced to witness the suffering of another. Or maybe you feel like you’re stuck in sin and it’s just one temptation after another.
Nothing in your life seems to be stable or going the way you want them to.
It’s at these moments God’s unfailing love needs to speak the most because it’s the one thing that will never change even when everything else crumbles to pieces.
I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge– that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:17-19)
Your greatest need is the love of Christ, whether you believe it or not. Why? Because you were created by God himself to experience a love-filled relationship with Him, and when you grasp this love that He has for you, you will be “filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (v. 19) Nothing else will fill you in this way.
And one other thing about this love: it surpasses knowledge. This means that even when you have no idea why things are happening in your life the way that they are, His love is the one sure thing you can count on. It has the ability to satisfy you, like the water Jesus offers, which is himself, to the woman at the well in John 4.
Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (v. 13-14)
You don’t have to understand your circumstances to trust in His unfailing love. In fact, He’s calling you to trust in Him with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding.
Accept His love for you and declare His goodness amidst the trials in your life. It might not change your situation, but it has the ability to change your heart and give you the satisfaction you’ve been longing for.