God’s Love Never Fails

Like many families, my family has had it’s disagreements over the years as we’ve all gotten older, gotten married and started our families. Some disagreements have been minor, but some have been major.   And neither side is really actively pursuing a reconciliation.

We as human beings often find ourselves content with our separation from loved ones, because it is easier than opening old wounds that have despite the time, not yet healed completely.  Despite our deep love for one another, we are content in the status quo.

God is not content

It’s a good thing God is not like that! God loves us unconditionally and even when we continually reject his overtures of love towards us, he continues to let us know “I’ll be here when you are  ready” and in fact He consistently reminds us “Hey, I’m here and I still love you.”

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever — Psalm 23:6

I’ve not seen my sister for almost a year now and some of my family has not seen her for many years. And neither side has taken active steps to reach out to the other for reconciliation. But look at what the psalmist says. “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me…” It follows me all the days of my life, I don’t have to seek it, I don’t have to go looking for it… I just need to turn around and there it will be. God will pursue us.

And I am sure that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on that day when Christ Jesus comes back again — Philippians 1:6

God has a plan for our lives and He will go to great lengths to complete the work He has begun. He’s not so willing to give up on us.

Now don’t get me wrong, our pursuit of God is important, but that is in response to Him first loving us.

We love because he first loved us. — 1 John 4:19

God’s love does not depend on our performance. Over and over again, God has said to us humans, “I love you”, we say “Not now, I’m not ready yet.” But God is relentless in his pursuit of us. He never quits;

O God, God of Israel, there is no God like you in the skies above or on the earth below who unswervingly keeps covenant with his servants and relentlessly loves them as they sincerely live in obedience to your way. – 1 Kings 8:23

Someday, I hope my family can become one loving family again. God wants the same. We are his creations, his children and he wants nothing more than for us to come back into a relationship with him. We keep denying him, but he never gives up and He keeps pursuing us.

Always in His Prescence – Psalm 16:11

You will show me the way of life
granting me the joy of your presence
and the pleasures of living with you forever.
-Psalm 16:11

In the Old Testament, God lived in the Most Holy Place behind the inner curtain of the temple.  The penalty of entering without the prescribed preparation was death.  Aaron had to spend hours preparing to meet God.  (Read Leviticus 16).  Today the way to God has been opened to us through Christ.  When Jesus died, the curtain separating us from the Holy of Holies was turn and God no longer dwells there.  We can now approach him anywhere, anytime.   We should still be sure to prepare our hearts to meet with God, he is still Holy and we need to be aware of that.

Today we still often look for God to be there in those special places.   We enter a church service and feel God’s presence, because he is there.  We may feel Him present in other activities and be assured he is there.

But how often do we actively feel his presence in our every day lives?  Do you feel he is with us at work?  You should, he’s there.  Do you feel him when you’re out with your family for dinner?  He’s there.  Do you enjoy his company at a sporting event?  You can, because he’s there.

He’s with you always and is with you everywhere.  You don’t have to wait until you are at a “church” service or gathering of Christians to meet him.  You can do that anywhere at anytime, because Jesus Christ did the preparation for us and has made us able to come into the presence of God outside the steps prescribed in the Old Testament.

Do we really need to “seek” God’s presence out?  Perhaps all we need to do is acknowledge his constant presence with us.