Steadfast Love

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
    for his steadfast love endures forever. Psalms 136:1

About 40 people wrote the Bible and all the authors invariably talk about God’s love. Over a period of 1500 years, about 40 people consistently testify to His steadfast love. Among the authors were kings, prophets, nomads, fishermen, noblemen, a tent maker, a physician and historians. Every book within the Bible points to God’s love and how God love intersects with ordinary people. Each author who wrote the words in the Bible attests to his unchanging love. A love so steady that remains forever. A love so pure and passionate. A love that defends, protects and gives good things. A love that disciplines and corrects. A love that is pure and true. A love that is much bigger than our mind can comprehend. How can you begin to understand the love of a God who could have stayed in his throne and yet He emptied himself and took the form of a helpless baby who needed to be fed and taken care of. How can you begin to comprehend the love of a God who created everything, who could have chosen to be born a king, instead chose to come as a humble messiah who had no place to lay his head? How can you begin to understand the love of a God who received continuous praise and adoration from angels and heavenly beings and yet chose to wash the feet of His disciples on the night he was betrayed by one of his own disciple? How can you begin to comprehend that a Holy, righteous and fair God understood that humanity needed His help to be justified and made clean of sin, that He gave himself as a penalty for our sins, upholding both justice and love, upholding both holiness and compassion? He died for us while we were still sinners. We were running away from Him and we were thick headed to fully understand His plan from the beginning. We turned against each other, built walls but as a loving Father, He finished all that He had to finish on the cross. He did it so He could reconcile us to Him, to make us His children, His friends. His steadfast love endures forever and the Bible authors knew what they meant when they wrote those words.

I am not writing the Bible but I am one of the millions of people attesting to His steadfast love in my life. His love pursues me each morning. His love helps me pick up broken pieces and create beauty out of ashes. His loves woos me into deeper love for Him and for the people He created. I keep looking forward to know Him more, know Him better. Like apostle Paul says, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Apostle John says, “God is love”. Yes, He is… and I’ve known Him personally.