Day 10 - God’s Never Giving-Up Love
Both we and our fathers have sinned; we have committed iniquity; we have done wickedness... Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against his people, and he abhorred his heritage; he gave them into the hand of the nations, so that those who hated them ruled over them. Their enemies oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their power. Many times he delivered them, but they were rebellious in their purposes and were brought low through their iniquity. Nevertheless, he looked upon their distress, when he heard their cry. For their sake he remembered his covenant, and relented according to the abundance of his steadfast love. He cause them to be pitied by all those who held them captive. (Psalm 106:6, 40-46)
God’s love is everlasting, no matter how many times the Israelites turned against Him and forgot how He provided for them. His love never gave up. To the rebellious nation full of sin and idolatry which rejected Him, God’s love overflowed in mercy.
Have you ever felt hurt or rejected by someone you love? The Psalmist in Psalm 106 tells us about the often- repeating cycle of Israel’s Old Testament betrayal. Imagine God, the Creator and Sustainer of life, rejected time and time again by the people He created and chose to be His own -- people to whom He had shown great love, protection and favour. Though His anger was kindled against them because of their hardened hearts, He never gave up on them. He waited for them to turn, and when they did, embraced them with unfailing love.
God’s love is the same for us today. The Bible tells us that as far as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His steadfast love toward those who fear him (Ps 103:12). Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus (Rom 8:39). God loves us, His people, so much, that He sent Jesus to die for us when we were sinful, idolatrous rebels far away from Him.
- The Jesus Storybook Bible calls this God’s ‘never- stopping, never-giving up, unbreaking, always and forever love’. How has God shown His love to you?
- Pause and count the ways He has loved you.
Our heavenly Father, we praise You for Your steadfast love towards us. We confess that we are prone to wander and forget about the grace and love You have showered upon us in Christ. Lord Jesus, fill our hearts with Your love, that we might give You praise and thanks for Your never giving-up love for us, a people who falter so easily. This we pray this in the name of Christ Jesus, Amen.
- GBC that we will be a community filled with thankfulness for the undeserved grace shown to us by a patient God.
- GBC that this love shown to us by God translates into Christ-like love for one another.
- Rulers and government leaders, that their governance and authority will be used well to promote peace and blessing