There is a blog that asks, “What if God’s love really does endure forever?” Two of my favorite books are If Grace is True and If God is Love. All three challenge us to believe things that are contrary to the evidence of our secular experience, yet they are tenants of core Christian beliefs. To engage these truths fully and to live as if they are real is revolutionary and absolutely contrary to the lifestyle and patterns of modern American life.
Do we dare? Do we dare live as if God’s love endures forever, or are we stuck in patterns of belief that trap us into believing that love is tentative, fragile, and comes with an expiration date? Few of us live our lives on the edge as though we believe God’s love endures forever. We live with anxiety and fear that contradict this truth offered to us repeatedly by scripture.
We are so prone to trust in that which fails, that disappoints and falters, but “God’s steadfast love endures forever.” Steadfast love is such an anomaly in our culture. Divorce, disappointment, and desertion are so common that few of us are capable of fully believing in “steadfast love.” So rare is this reality that I looked up “steadfast” and “endures” on Dictionary.com, and here is how it defined these two words:
stead·fast [sted-fast, -fahst, -fuhst] -adjective
1. fixed in direction; steadily directed: a steadfast gaze.
2. firm in purpose, resolution, faith, attachment, etc., as a person: a steadfast friend.
3. unwavering, as resolution, faith, adherence, etc.
4. firmly established, as an institution or a state of affairs.
5. firmly fixed in place or position.
en·dure [en-door, -dyoor] verb
1. to hold out against; sustain without impairment or yielding; undergo
2. to bear without resistance or with patience; tolerate
3. to admit of; allow; bear
4. to continue to exist; last
5. to support adverse force or influence of any kind; suffer without yielding; suffer patiently
6. to have or gain continued or lasting acknowledgment or recognition, as of worth, merit or greatness
God’s love is firmly established and unwavering, and it will continue to last without yielding! So, if you believed that fully how would you live?
Rev. Michael Piazza