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June 1, 2022

Steadfast Love

“But this I call to mind, and therefore, I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:21-23)

The above verses are found in the book of Lamentations. To lament is to show extreme grief over loss or over a devastating situation. The prophet Jeremiah wrote the book of Lamentations after the destruction of Jerusalem by Babylon. So, it seems odd that the prophet would celebrate the steadfast love of the Lord in the midst of destruction. Although it may seem odd to us, it wasn’t odd to Jeremiah.

We tend to celebrate God in the midst of good times. Praise comes easy for us when things are going well. Praise is much harder when things are not going the way we had planned them. We tend to blame God for the unforeseen circumstances we may find ourselves in. But, here is a truth that is found all throughout Scripture and not just in the prophet’s words above: God’s love for us is unchanging and not dependent on circumstances.

The Hebrew word Jeremiah used for steadfast is chesed, which is usually translated as unfailing or steadfast love. But, there is actually no English equivalent for this word. Chad Bird says chesed is “untranslatable love. No-holds-barred mercy. Covenant faithfulness even if it costs God the lifeblood of his beloved Son.” The steadfast love of the Lord is powerful, more powerful than anything that can happen to us. This steadfast love kept Jeremiah looking up and praising. This steadfast love filled the prophet with hope. May this steadfast love do the same for us.

Question: Do you rest in the steadfast love of the Lord?

Challenge: Read the book of Lamentations and think about how you would react to the circumstances found in the book.

Prayer: Thank you Lord for loving us even to death.

Ryan Reveley, League Coordinator -- Appalachian League

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