AUGUST 24, 2020 BEN J BENSING
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“But I will not take my love from him, nor will I ever betray my faithfulness. I will not violate my covenant or alter what my lips have uttered”. Psalm 89:33-34 (NIV)
“But I will never stop loving him nor fail to keep my promise to him. No, I will not break my covenant; I will not take back a single word I said”. Psalm 89:33-34 (NLT)
God’s unfailing love is so pervasive that it covers all facets of our lives. He is involved in every minute detail and every hopes and aspirations of man.
When we journey through the storm
When our boats are being tossed in the turbulent seas, where the raging waves and the furious winds are blowing and our faith is losing ground, most of us would pray for God to stop the storm or remove the storm. That’s our instinct telling us. And rightly so. I would pray that myself. With no shame. That’s what I want. But wait a second, is that what God wants? What if God wants me to ask Him to give me the strength to weather the storm in order to strengthen my faith? I want Him to make the storm stop when He wants me to make my anchor drop – and trust Him. Often, a misalignment of direction, or a failure in understanding the strategic purpose of situational adversity, is a main source of our misery.
Most of the time, we thought God is far away and silent to our plea when in fact He is with us all those times we thought He is not and trying to protect us and guide our path. I’ll admit its hard to obey when trust levels are nearly empty.
Our faith may fail us, but God never fails. His love is unfailing. He said, “my grace is sufficient for you for my strength is made perfect in weakness”. (2Cor. 12:9a)
When relationships fail
Have you ever been betrayed by a loved one? By a partner? By a friend? If you do, then you are not alone. Sometimes it’s shocking to hear a story that a couple who had been married for fifteen, twenty years, suddenly splits due to the husband’s philandering, or because the wife had a casual affair at the office.
The scandalous revelation of a betrayal is enough to damage the foundation or severe the relationship. Either case, divorce and separation are the only options left which can leave deep emotional scars to the offended party and to the children.
And yet the Psalmist says that God’s love is unfailing. No matter what happens, we have the confidence that God will never fail us. The Scriptures tells us that, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze” (Isaiah 43:2). In every situation, God will carry us through – that’s His promise.
God has a reason for allowing us to experience what we experience. Every trial has a goal. Every pain has a purpose. Even if we cannot understand why.