Welcome to Week Eight/Day Two: Unfailing Love
Day 2: “The FREEDOM of Unfailing Love”
Today we’re going to look at Psalm 107 and see the depths, the heights and the breadth of God’s Unfailing Love.
It is easy for us to consider that God loves ‘good people’ and that He loves us only when we are good. But God loves rebellious people? God loves sinful people? Absolutely. He came when we were ALL rebellious, sinful and denying Him. He came as our salvation. It’s so hard for us to accept His love because we know what we’ve done and we know that He knows, so we ‘reason’ that there;s no way He could actually still love us. We can believe for someone else, but not for ourselves. And when we are chastised then we see it as just proving that He can’t really forgive us because He’s punishing us (as we so rightly deserved).
But, our hearts will never be healthy unless we learn to accept and abide in God’s unfailing love.
1. God’s unfailing love extends to the most rebellious captives and most afflicted fools.
God’s unfailing love motivates wonderful deeds for the worst of men and women who cry out in their troubles. The Hebrew word for wonderful deeds is ‘papa’ meaning extraordinary, miraculous, marvelous, astonishing.” These kinds of adjectives seem like they would be limited to God’s ‘good’ children right? Yet, God tells us that He does extraordinary, miraculous, marvelous and astonishing things for the worst of the worst who cry out to Him. Why? Simply because He loves them with an unfailing love.
No depth, no rebellion, no foolishness, no waywardness, no sin is ‘too much or too bad or too strong’ for God’s love. His unfailing love also appears in His unwillingness to allow rebellion to go unnoticed and undisciplined. His discipline IS His Love.
2. God strives with His captive children until they are free!
The worst possible result of our disobedience would be God giving up on us. But He doesn’t. God stands by us until we are free. He uses various forms of discomfort to woo us to cry out to Him, but He never forsakes us. God is the only One who is not repelled by the depth and length of our needs.
Why should the rebellious who have been freed be faithful to tell of His works?
Why do you think we readily accept God’s love for others but struggle with the belief that He loves us equally, radically, completely, and unfailingly?
He may allow the life of a captive to grow harder and harder, so she will be more desperate to do what freedom in Christ requires…but He will never divorce her (*Selah…) He woos and He waits. The measure God takes to woo us to liberty may be excruciating at times, but they are often more powerful evidences of His unfailing love than all the obvious blessings we could expound.
When it is all said and done, perhaps few truly know the unfailing love of God like the captive set free.
Today’s Treasure Scripture:
“Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds before men. Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of his works with songs of joy (Ps 107:21-22)
Beloved, If He has become God alone to you, you have a powerful story to tell. Start talking!!