Will God Give up on Me?

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I love the power of God. I love the truth of God. I love the sovereignty of God, the grace of God, the wisdom of God, and the goodness of God. I love the kindness of God, the strength, creativity, and mercy of God. But you know what I love most? I love the stubbornness of God. I love His tenacity, His persistence, His doggedness. Because God doesn’t give up on those He loves.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had people who once said they loved me to give up on me. I became too much for them – or in the case of a broken marriage, too little. But God has never and will never. Oh, I am sure I have disappointed Him, frustrated Him, and made Him sigh. If God has a last nerve, I have no doubt I’ve gotten on it more than once. But He has never even contemplated walking away from me no matter how rebellious, foolish, reckless, and just plain stupid I’ve been.

Listen to His promise in Isaiah 54:10:  “‘Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,’ says the Lord who has compassion on you.” Nothing in all the world can make God stop loving His children.

Pastor and songwriter Frederick M. Lehman wrote a beautiful song simply entitled, “The Love of God.” The third verse, which is my favorite, is said to come from a cell wall, written by a prisoner some 200 years before Lehman wrote the first two in 1917. They are a translation of an Aramaic poem, “Haddamut”, written in1050 by Rabbi Meir of Worms, Germany.

Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade,
To write the love of God above,
Would drain the ocean dry.
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.

No, Beloved, God will never give up on you because His love will never fail (1 Corinthians 13:8). It is the most certain thing in all the universe. God loves you. Let your heart rest in that assurance today.

God Loves You

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Do you believe that God loves you?  The Bible says He does. That ought to be enough, but for some of us, because of a past filled with mistakes and rejection, it is so hard to accept. The Hebrew word the Bible uses to speak of God’s love for us is hesed and it means that His love is:

  • Unfailing – “Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken” (Isaiah 54:10).
  • Loyal – “Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life” (Psalm 23:6).
  • Devoted – “By day the Lord directs His love, a night His song is with me – a prayer to the God of my life” (Psalm 42:8).
  • Merciful  – “The Lord is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion” (Numbers 14:18).

Paul tells us “Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39). That is the kind of love that you and I need. A love that never turns away, never dies, and never gives up. A love that lasts for all eternity. This is the love that God has for us. It is steadfast and sure – and there is nothing you can do to affect it. You can’t be good enough to make Him love you more, and you can’t mess up enough to make Him love you less. He loves you because He is love.

God’s hesed was perfectly expressed at the cross of Jesus Christ when the Son of God took on your sins and mine and died that we might know the love of God now and in eternity.

Do you know why I call you “Beloved” in these devotionals? It’s because that’s who you are. And there’s nothing you can do about it. Out of His own nature, He has lavished you with His unfailing, loyal, devoted, merciful love. So, I’ll ask you again – Beloved, do you believe that God loves you?