"Love never fails."
1 Corinthians 13:8
Observation: People’s version of love can fail us. A promise a person made to us can be broken. But God’s promises to us never fail. His love never fails. He never leaves us or forsakes us. His love is unending.
Application: I wonder what God is teaching me about disappointment these days. My mother basically told me earlier last week she didn’t want to hold a baby shower for me with my relatives because it was too much trouble. I honestly don’t know why I was so down and disappointed, but I was. On Wednesday morning I decided to go to mid-week later that night. I needed God to restore me.
I went to mid-week hoping God would meet me there. He did! (He always does.) I usually go to service just to worship God—to bring Him my heart of song and thanksgiving. On Wednesday night, I remember thinking, “I have nothing to give you tonight, Lord. I came for me.”
My prayer was, “You are all I need—all You provide. You provided me a family here at New Hope and You will provide for this baby. Let what comes from Your hand be enough for me.”
In the middle of worship, God told me to forgive my parents. I went through the emotions of the past couple of days and God gave me a vision. I had a picture of me kneeling on the ground, but Jesus was on the ground with me holding me. What kind of God does that anyway? What kind of King would come down to my level and hold me and let me know He cares so much for me? As soon as I had that picture, I started crying really hard and I told Him, “I don’t want to try anymore. I don’t want to try with my parents anymore.” He didn’t exactly SAY, “keep trying.” But it was like He was saying, “Don’t give up.” And then He said, “Am I not always here beside you? I am always here with you.” To which I cried even more. He let me know that if I get hurt again, He would restore me again and again but I wasn’t to give up.
His goodness and love extends so far and wide and deep. Who can understand why He would love someone like me, like us?
Father God, I know You are teaching me something so important through these disappointments with my parents. I also know that You are teaching me about Your faithfulness and love that NEVER fails. I know that You feel disappointed often in Your people – from those that reject Your Son to those that reject Your guidance. And yet, Your love for us is unending. May You teach me Your kind of faithfulness…may you give me the push to be courageous in this area. Thank You for being who You are.