When All Else Has Failed You

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Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:8

I've a friend who suggested that I look for a particular phrase in the book of Psalms.  Taking the easy way out, I looked it up in Biblegateway and found that it appears 40 times in the Old Testament.  The phrase?  Unfailing love.

It brought 1 Corinthians 13:8 to mind:

Love never fails.

Now I don't know about you, but I can't really grasp the concept of an unfailing love.  I know that as human beings, our love often falls short.

It's easy to get critical when love fails us.

We can get critical of ourselves, of others … and of God.

I know that with all  our family has gone through over the past ten years, that it could be easy to say that God has failed us.

Another illness crops up.

Someone we love dies.

We become weaker and unable to do the things we did before.

We can become more dependent on others.

It can feel as if something … somewhere … has failed us.  Perhaps not for the first time.

And it can hurt.

How do we even begin to make sense of the idea that God loves us?

Why in the word would we put the kind of faith to believe in a God that allows such terrible things to happen?

I think of Job.  Tucked away in this tiny book of Scripture is the phrase:

Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him; Job 13:15

I think that simply statement defines faith in Christ.  Against all that is rational, we hope.  

Why?

Because we know there is more.  We know that this life is not the end of the story.  We know, deep within ourselves, that our futures will be indescribable.  We only get brief glimpses of that in this lifetime. 

Why do we know this?

Because love never fails.

Father God, thank you for granting us the ability to see beyond our current situations.  Help us to cling tightly to our hope that is in You.  Help us to remember day-after-day, moment-after-moment that love, Your divine love, never … ever … fails.  Amen and amen.

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