God Means Forever
Read Psalm 136:1-9, 23-26
Enter [the Lord’s] gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
- Psalm 100:4-5 (NIV)
When I was a little girl, my father promised to love me forever. But a few years later, he left our family. I grew up and got married. My husband promised to love me forever; but in time, he too left our family. Unfortunately, experience has taught many of us that when people use the word forever, they really mean “for as long as it makes me happy” or “until you fail to meet my expectations.” For many of us, having someone love us forever has become a romantic notion that rarely happens in real life.
That’s why I’m glad that someone truly means, “I will love you forever.” For God, forever doesn’t mean “for as long as you please me” or “just until you mess up.” The words “his love endures forever” appear more than 40 times in the Bible. And this is more than just a promise. It is a truth about God’s nature. God will always be steadfast in loving us, because love is who God is. And that means God really will love us forever.
Thought for the Day: No matter how we may fail God, God will never fail us.
Prayer: Thank you, God, for loving us even when we feel unlovable. Help us to remember that you always love us. Amen.
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