Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 (NIV) The your here is plural. One of the devil’s primary strategies is to pick off someone who gets isolated from the rest. Imagine going on a safari...
“When you pass through the waters I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior… You are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you.” Isaiah 43:2-4
Many people have experienced a love that does not last. If that’s been your experience, you will naturally be suspicious if someone tells you they will always love you. But that is Jesus’ promise to every believer, and you can be confident in the strength of his love.
Think about what causes relationships to end. What causes love in a marriage to end? One thing is the sheer difficulty of marriage. The good news is that the love of Christ is stronger than any difficulty.
The marriage vow speaks of a commitment to love that is “for better, for worse; for richer, for poorer; in sickness, and in health.” That means life may work out in one of two ways.
It’s not hard to love when life is better, when you grow richer, or when God blesses your family with health. But enormous pressures come on a family when life takes a turn for the worse, or when you get into debt, or when someone in your family gets sick.
Sometimes difficulties overwhelm love. Someone said that they love you, and that they will love you forever, but the difficulties of life placed too much strain on their love and they were gone. Know that the difficulties of your life will not overwhelm God’s love for you. Christ will love his people through all the challenges of life.
Where do you need to rest in this truth today?