The love that never ends

Do you believe in coincidences? I do but for me a coincidence can be a God-incident. On Thursday, two things happened which got me thinking how a coincidence becomes a God-incident.

I woke up on Thursday morning with an old Christian chorus going on in my mind. (Click the image below to here the song)

This song is from Lamentations 3: 22-23. It’s an amazing song to wake up to as it talks about how this unchanging immovable love of the Lord is limitless; it never runs out, nor comes to an end. Every morning we can experience it anew. Like most people, I went to bed with some concerns and I went to sleep praying about these concerns. To wake up with that song of God’s steadfast love playing over and over in my mind was a reminder that God knows and understands everything.

 
It’s the love that never ends!
I opened my Bible to read Lamentations 3. Just before the author (traditionally believed to be the prophet Jeremiah) wrote about the steadfast love of the Lord, he says, “Peace has been stripped away, and I have forgotten what prosperity is. I cry out, ‘My splendour is gone!  Everything I had hoped for from the LORD is lost!’ The thought of my suffering and homelessness is bitter beyond words. I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this…” (Lamentations 3: 17-21)

He then goes on to mention what he remembers, “The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” (Lamentations 3: 22-23)

The writer of Lamentations had lost his peace. He was in anguish as he grieved over things he had lost. It would have been so easy for him to give up hope yet he resisted the urge to enter into hopelessness by remembering that God’s love and mercies never run out and despite what he was going through, God’s promises remain true and he can cling on to them.

This reminded me of a song that was sung by Lamb Chops (Remember Shari Lewis?). Click the image if you want to have this song going on in your head for the rest of the day.

Well for me, I was reminded that God’s love is the love that never ends, yes it goes on and on my friend…

Anyway, later in the afternoon I went to pick up a coffee at Starbucks and sitting outside was a mum and her 2 little kids. And what were the 2 kids singing?

God does have a sense of humour. He was reminding me that his love is a love that never ends. It goes on and on. When the trials of life beat us down to the extent that we just cannot see beyond our problems and we begin to lose sight of hope because our fears and anxieties are in the way, this is the time to remind ourselves that God’s love is a love that never ends. He has been there for us in the past and he will be there for us in the future. But most important of all, He is also there for us in this present moment.

So, when you are weary and feeling down, how about singing about God’s steadfast love that never ends.

God’s love to us it never ends; yes, it goes on and on my friend.
God’s people started singing it, because they know His love,
And they’ll continue singing it forever just because…
God’s love to us it never ends; yes, it goes on and on my friend.
God’s people started singing it, because they know His love,
And they’ll continue singing it forever just because…

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