DayBreaks for 12/08/14 – An Everlasting Love
Few, indeed, are those who first fell in love and never were stung by the pain of rejection. Sure, from time to time there are stories about someone who stayed with their “first love” throughout their life. But even they, at some point, will be pierced by the thorns on the rose when the loved one dies.
Children fall in love with parents, kittens and puppies. Even the goldfish dies and the heart is broken. And we learn far too early in life that everything we love is sooner or later lost to us. Yet we repeat the pattern over and over lest we turn as cold as stone ourselves.
These are not why we fall in love. We long for a love that will be a forever-love. We seek for it, we reach for it…yet it seems to be just outside of our grasp.
God loved Israel. He made great, unbreakable promises to her, He called her by terms of endearment, picturing her as His bride. And His heart was broken as Israel forsook Him time after time…breaking His heart. And God wept over Israel.
What was God’s response to the pain of rejection? As the Almighty and Omnipotent One, it was within not only His power, but His sovereign right, to have utterly and instantly destroyed Israel. Instead, listen to His words: (Jer. 31:3, NLT) – Long ago the LORD said to Israel: “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.”
“An everlasting love.” “With unfailing love.” Isn’t that precisely the kind of love that we all long for? Perhaps right now you are struggling with the rejection of a beloved one, of someone who promised to love you forever but forever turned out to be measured in mere months or years.
That won’t happen with God’s love. His love is unlike any you have ever known. He is unending, He is eternal, He is love…Love Everlasting. For ten trillion, billion years…God will love you. And that is just the start of “everlasting”. That is just the start of a love that is “unfailing”. And that is how YOU are loved.
PRAYER: Lord, Your love is incomprehensible! How often we have left You behind in tears and rejection after rejection, yet Your love for Your people is unending. How we long to know, experience and feel that love envelop us for all eternity, because of Jesus! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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