God’s Unfailing Love
God’s Unfailing Love
It is difficult for us to understand the faithfulness of God’s love. In the Old Testament the Hebrew word “hesed” is translated lovingkindness, kindness, mercy, and steadfast love. These translations into English do not convey the full meaning of the original word “hesed”. The Hebrew word “hesed” contains the idea of devotion, loyalty, covenant faithfulness, a covenant love that God cannot break.
In Psalms we also read about the unfailing love of God. Psalm 32:10 Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord. God’s love cannot fail, it is steadfast, constant, and fixed on us. In all the adversity we go through, God’s love never fails. God’s love never departs from us. Isaiah 54:10 For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
Because God’s love cannot fail He will allow into our lives only the pain and heartache that is for our ultimate good. The grief that He Himself brings into our lives is tempered with His compassion and love. Lamentations 3:32 but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love. We have assurance that God will show compassion. It is not enough to say that He is compassionate, but He will show compassion to us in all our adversities. All our afflictions will be tempered with His compassion which comes out of His unfailing love. Afflictions are always accompanied with compassion and consolation from God.
The apostle Paul evidently had a problem with pride in his life. Paul experienced God’s compassion and He helped him with his pride. Three times Paul pleaded with God to take his affliction away and God responded: 2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. God brought adversity into Paul’s life for his own good but God showed compassion in doing so. God provided the grace to give Paul the strength to bear the grief. God did not leave Paul to bear the grace alone. In God’s compassion God provided the resources to meet Paul’s needs. Paul came to rejoice in his affliction because through it he experienced God’s power, God’s love, and God’s compassion. Paul received grace when he needed it. God does not give us all the strength we need for the Christian life the day we are baptized.
David speaks of God’s goodness that is stored up for those who fear Him. Psalm 31:19 Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind! Just as we are to store up God’s word in our hearts, for a time when temptation and adversity comes into our life, we can meditate on God’s compassion, His lovingkindness, His covenant love that He has for each of us. Psalm 119:11 I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. God stores up goodness or grace for times of adversity we do not receive it before we need it but we never receive it too late. God does not give us 20 years of grace right now. God provides the grace we need day by day. We have no cause to worry or fear because God will always provide compassion, the lovingkindness that we need for each situation.
What adversity in your life did you experience God’s compassion and love during the adversity or shortly after?
What event has occurred in your life that has helped you understand God’s lovingkindness?