Resting in the Constancy of God’s Love
By Jennifer Slattery
“Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever.” Psalm 136:26
I hate to admit it, but I can be a moody Christian. Many times I resemble a fit-throwing toddler. If my relationship with Christ depended on my faithfulness or my feelings I’d be in big trouble.
There’ve been times when I’ve diligently sought God and surrendered to Him. But I’ve also resisted Him, pulled away, and ignored His voice. There’ve been periods when I’ve been so angry, consumed with a sorrow so deep, I refused to even pray.
In those circumstances, I expected God to chastise me and turn His back. That’s what I would’ve deserved. But that’s not how He responded. Instead, He gently tugged at my heart, calling me back to Him. In those tender moments, I most clearly saw God’s heart and realized how securely mine rested in His.
So often, when we’re in the middle of a struggle, all we can see is the pain. We cry out to God, begging Him to rescue us, feeling alone, frightened, and abandoned. We may even grow angry at Him. But our anger and pain can never diminish God’s love; it’s steadfast and eternal. This means His love for us will never die or grow weaker, regardless of how we behave.
When we’re hurt and angry, we may be tempted to pull away, thinking God’s angry with us as well. But during those moments He longs to draw us close. Hold tight to that truth the next time you feel swallowed up by life, and you feel all alone. Remember that you never are and never will be, because in Christ, you are held secure in a deep and unyielding love.
Jennifer Slattery is a writer, editor, speaker, and the founder of Wholly Loved Ministries. She writes for Crosswalk, is the author of eight contemporary novels, and helped write Wholly Loved’s Bible study based on the life of Sarai (Gen. 12-23) titled Becoming His Princess, releasing in the spring/summer of 2019. When not writing, reading, or editing, Jennifer loves going on mall outings with her adult daughter and coffee dates with her hilariously fun husband. Visit her online at jenniferslatterylivesoutloud.com.
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Originally published Thursday, 05 May 2022.