“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet My unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor My covenant of peace be removed”
In Our Daily Bread, 7-30-09, David McCasland wrote:
At a wedding I attended, the bride’s grandfather quoted from memory a moving selection of Scripture about the relationship of husband and wife. Then a friend of the couple read “Sonnet 116” by William Shakespeare. The minister conducting the ceremony used a phrase from that sonnet to illustrate the kind of love that should characterize a Christian marriage: “Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds.” The poet is saying that true love does not change with circumstances.
The minister noted the many changes this couple would experience during their life together, including health and the inevitable effects of age. Then he challenged them to cultivate the true biblical love that neither falters nor fails in spite of the alterations that would surely come their way.
God never changes nor does His love for us change. This means His love cannot fail. It is constant, steadfast. We can know that when all else fails, God’s love will endure forever. He has loved us “with an everlasting love” (Jeremiah 31:3); therefore, we can accept His unfailing love, let it shape our lives, and extend it to others.
It is true whether or not we believe it. It originates in the heart and character of God. Our faith does not create it nor can our doubts destroy God’s love. It flows to us through our union with Jesus Christ, His beloved Son.
Doubts about His love for us, however, can deprive us of comfort and joy that His love is intended to bring. We must take Him at His Word and believe the truths revealed in Scripture.
“[T]he LORD’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in Him” (Psalm 32:10).
Because of His unfailing love, He allows only the heartaches and pain into our lives that are for our ultimate good. The fires of affliction are always tempered by His compassion: “Though he brings grief, He will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love” (Lamentations 3:32).
David spoke of God’s goodness, which is stored up for those who fear Him, who take refuge in Him (Psalm 31:19). There will always be an abundance of His love and goodness for our times of adversity. Paul received His all-sufficient grace when he needed it (2 Corinthians 12:9). We receive it when we need it—not before—and we never receive it too late.
He cannot fail, your faithful God;
He’ll guard you with His power;
Then fear no ill though troubles rise,
His help is sure from hour to hour.—Bosch