“My faithful love will be with him . . .” (Psalm 89:24).
Nancy Stafford, in her book, The Wonder of His Love, tells about a compromising situation at the age of twelve she found herself in:
Suddenly all my adolescent protests of “You’re not being fair! I am grown up! You’ll never understand!” came crashing down. Now, after all my yearning and clamoring to be treated like a grown-up, all I wanted to do was scramble into the safety of my parents’ Oldsmobile, get a Dilly Bar from the Dairy Queen, gather my dog, Daffodil, onto my lap and sit with my mom and dad on the sofa watching TV.
I wanted to stay a little girl . . . I walked quickly from the street, slipped quietly into the house and called my parents to come and get me. Without a word, without a question, without a moment’s hesitation, they were there.
Sometimes we do not want to go through the growing pains of becoming the Christ-like person He desires and is committed to changing. Even though we may try to wiggle out of our difficult and painful moments, His love won’t let us—because He is our faithful Father. He is there without hesitation, with gentleness and compassion, and is always faithful.
He wants us to “become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13), so that “we will in all things grow up into Him who is the Head, that is, Christ” (v. 15).
God’s love comes from within Him, not from anything He finds in us. He loves us because of His goodness, His kindness. The apostle John says, “This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us” (1 John 4:10). His love is spontaneous and complete.
Doesn’t this bring comfort to your heart? God’s love is not dependent on ours. In the same way that our “abundant” love does not increase His love for us, our lack of love does not diminish His love.
We can let our hearts rejoice because we know He will never turn away from us. He is incapable of doing so. He cannot let us go!
Today and throughout eternity we will continue to experience more and more of His faithful love because it is limitless, unconditional, unchanging, and unending.
He who gave Himself to save me,
Now will keep me to the end;
In His care securely resting
On His promise I depend. –Bosch