“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” (Lamentations 3:22-24)
Human love is usually conditional. Our love is shown to others based on certain standards we have because we hesitate to give our love freely away. For example, it is easier for us to show love to others who show love back to us. Or, it’s easier to show love to others when the relationship is going well.
God’s love for us is different because His love is not conditional. His love is poured out on us unconditionally no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in. Even through the worst circumstances, God’s love is still poured out on us; we just need to experience it by surrendering to him.
The prophet Jeremiah wrote the above verses in the book of Lamentations. A lament is an outward expression of deep inner grief and turmoil. Jeremiah had witnessed the destruction of Jerusalem and the destruction of his people. He was lamenting over Israel’s sin that led to this judgment from God as well as the destruction of everything he knew. He was struggling with anger, bitterness, defeat, and even personal depression. But, in the midst of all of this, he was reminded of God’s great love for him so that he was ultimately not consumed, even though those on the outside might think the opposite.
We tend to think God’s love is conditional like our human love is conditional. But, God’s love transcends conditions. His love is not determined by circumstances. His love is poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ. The question for us is have we experienced the love of God through Jesus Christ? Putting our faith in Christ means we get to experience the great love of God that never fails us and never ends.
Question: Have you experienced the love of God through Jesus Christ?
Challenge: Read the book of Lamentations and think about God’s love shown through even the most difficult times.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that your love is not conditional and not limited by circumstances.
Ryan Reveley, League Coordinator -- Appalachian League