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.

What Kind of Love is This

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What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul!

What wondrous love is this, O my soul!

What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss

To bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul

To bear the dreadful curse for my soul.

This old hymn is the gospel message, the glorious proclamation of wondrous love. 

God loves people, He created us and wants a relationship with us. But we are bound to sin and sin is an offense to God. The penalty for sin is death. Someone, the sinner or a substitute, has to die. Rather than lose us eternally, “[God] sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 John 4:10). What kind of love would do that? Holy love. 

We did not love God. In fact, the Bible says we “were alienated from God and were [His] enemies” (Colossians 1:21). I don’t know about you, but I gave Him a thousand reasons not to love me, but none of them have ever changed His mind. He loves me anyway. His is perfect love.

God’s love for us is never-failing, never-ending, flawless, and more certain than the earth itself.  He says, “Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken” (Isaiah 54:10). It is a greater love.

This is the message of the Gospel: that God’s heart would be so tender toward mankind – toward you and me – that He would give His own Son to save us, even though we turned away from Him.  Only love could make such a sacrifice.

What wondrous love is this? A holy love. A perfect love A greater love.  This love is Jesus.

Love, Sweet Love

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“What the world needs now

Is love, sweet love

It’s the only thing

That there’s just too little of

What the world needs now

Is love, sweet love

No, not just for some

But for everyone”

This 1965 hit song, written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David and first recorded by Jackie DeShannon is the cry of every person’s heart. And it’s not a new concept. It’s an age-old yearning. The Bible says, “What a man desires is unfailing love” (Proverbs 19:22). We clamor for it, run after it, turn our lives upside down for it, and sadly, even kill for it. And we miss it unless we look to Calvary.

Love, sweet love, is only found at the cross of Jesus Christ.

Paul said “God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). Even when we did not love God, He loved us and sent His one and only Son to die that we might live forever with Him. What sweeter love is there than this? Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). What greater love could you ask for but the love of God in the death of His Son for you?

We’re just a few days away from Valentine’s Day when we express our romantic affections for our beloved with flowers and chocolates. But God expressed His love for you and me one dark Friday afternoon on a hill just outside of Jerusalem. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). That’s love, sweet love. For everyone.

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?