Resting in the arms of an unchanging God

Every year for Mother’s Day, my family takes me to the nursery to pick out flowers for our flower garden. To say that I look forward to this for months on end would be an understatement. My family joins me in planting numerous pots full of luscious flowers. My husband would tell you that is the easy part.

The hard part? I change my mind a few (alright, more than a few!) times on where to place the pots and how to organize them on the front porch, the patio, and the numerous other places we place pots around our yard. Lon, sometimes with the aid of our ancient Radio Flyer wagon, hauls the pots to just the right place. And then to just the right place again.

I’m thankful I married a strong former farm boy.

It’s a running joke that I can’t always make up my mind for the placement of pots overflowing with petunias, pansies, daisies, verbenas, and fuchsias. But while I may be indecisive on where my flowers will thrive under the best growing conditions and where our family will appreciate them most, there is One who isn’t indecisive.

One whose mind isn’t swayed.

One who remains steadfast.

In a world that has changed dramatically in the past ten years (and even more so in the past two), it’s always a bit disconcerting to imagine what the next day will bring. Toxic news stories are everywhere from TV to the internet. Anxiety rates have risen, depression is more prevalent than ever, and discord among friends (and, sadly, even family) is becoming commonplace.

But through all the craziness, lunacy, and insanity that has abounded in recent months, God remains steadfast, faithful, and unchanging. His Word remains the same, never wavering for a moment, even though the tides of everyday life change more rapidly than we can comprehend.

Psalm 86:15 tells us “But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.” We in Christ long for His return.

But, thankfully, He is a God that desires for no one to perish (2 Peter 3:9). In those frequent moments when I long for His return, I remember some of those I love who don’t yet know Him. Who don’t yet have the consolation of residing with Him for eternity and my prayer life for them becomes more persistent than ever.

So today, let’s rest in the steadfast love of the Lord. Remembering that while this world constantly changes, and in those changes, it can be a frightening place to reside, there is One whose love, whose Word, whose very Being never changes. Let’s rest in His arms in light of chaos, fear, unfairness, loss of freedom, heartache, and lost relationships and remember that in all of this, He truly is our unchanging refuge.

May we keep our eyes on Him, never wavering from the One who can truly give us rest.

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11 verses about God’s unfailing love

God's unfailing love

Thank you for joining me as we continue journeying through The Scripture Series and diving into the Bible this week to look at verses that detail God’s unfailing love.

We’ve all been hurt by someone we care about, whether that be a friend, relative, or fellow believer. The sting of betrayal is painful and not something that is easily overcome.

But there is One who will never betray us. He will never walk away from us when times get tough. He will never betray our confidence, share our most precious secrets, give up on us, spread gossip about us, or leave us for someone “better”. This is good news in a fickle world where most of us are just one step away from “offending” someone and losing their friendship.

God’s unfailing love can be difficult to grasp. Yet His love is boundless, steadfast, and inexhaustible. It is eternal. And as Romans 8:38-39 tells us, nothing (emphasis on that word!) can separate us from His love. Nothing. Nada.

Nothing we can ever do, or will ever do, can stop Him from loving us. He is forgiving, patient, and merciful. As His children, we are cherished, valued, and precious. So precious, in fact, that He paid a high price for us – the death of His Son, Jesus Christ for our sins. May we never take such a costly gift for granted.

Be blessed by the fact that God’s love is faithful and enduring.

Romans 8 38-39

I am convinced that nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. ~ Romans 8:38-39

1 Chronicles 16 34

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good; his love endures forever. ~ 1 Chronicles 16:34

John 15 13

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down ones life for one’s friends. ~ John 15:13

Psalm 86 15

But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. ~ Psalm 86:15

Galatians 2 20

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. ~ Galatians 2:20

Romans 5 8

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. ~ Romans 5:8

John 10 11

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. ~ John 10:11

Romans 5 5

And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. ~ Romans 5:5

John 3 16

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. ~ John 3:161 John 3 1See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God. ~ 1 John 3:11 John 4 10This is love; not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. ~ 1 John 4:10

 

unfailing love verses

 

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