His Faithful Love Endures Forever

Yesterday in my message I spoke briefly about the tension that sometimes exists in our hearts when we think about God’s sovereignty and His love. I was speaking about God’s power and wisdom and how He knows what is best for our lives. We know this to be true, but when we find ourselves in difficult or confusing circumstances we can quickly experience feelings of fear and frustration. It is often hard to understand how bad things happen in our lives at the hand of a God who loves us and has the power to change them, yet chooses not to do so.

If God loves us, then why would He let this happen to us? Why does a good and loving God allow bad things to happen to good people?
These are prominent questions that surface in our hearts quickly and often when something painful in our lives happens and we do not understand why. Maybe we are not supposed to know why. It is possible we will rarely, if ever, be able to accurately answer why certain events happen. What we are supposed to know is God is faithful in His character and love. “His faithful love endures forever.” (Psalm 136:1)

It is definitely much easier for me to affirm this truth sitting here in my cozy office chair than it is standing at a hospital bedside in the oncology ward. Or while on the phone with a friend who recently lost their job. Or in the living room with a young couple who experienced a miscarriage. Or in the hallway of the church with a woman whose husband unexpectedly left her. However, through our faith in Jesus and the truth of the Word of God, may we never forget how much God loves us. Whether in triumph or tragedy, we must always remember God’s love endures forever.

At the same time I was preaching yesterday here in our church, Sutherland Springs Baptist Church was experiencing a tragedy. Please pray faithfully for this church and their surrounding community as at least 26 people (from ages 18 months to 77 years old) were killed in this terrible shooting. My heart and mind cannot comprehend this event. Maybe I am not supposed to comprehend it, maybe no one is. But I know we must dig deep and continue to put our faith in Jesus Christ, who loves us with an everlasting love.