I’m so grateful that the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases.
See, here’s the thing…
My love for God is incredibly fickle. It regularly peaks and falls, like some sort of spiritual heartbeat monitor. One day I might be overflowing with love for the Lord, grateful for all he’s done for me and in a mindset of prayer.
The next day, my love for God might have completely evaporated, disappearing like a mist burned away by the noon sun. The result is me grumbling and neglecting things like prayer and Bible reading.
What would my life be like if God’s love for me mirrored my love for him? I shudder to even think about it.
But praise God, his love for me is steadfast.
We don’t often use that word. Probably because so few things in our lives are actually steadfast. It seems that everything around is changing, shifting, and morphing. Even in our most intimate relationships, we don’t experience truly unbreakable steadfast love.
But Scripture says that God’s love for us is 100% steadfast, and that should spur us to deep, profound rejoicing.
The Steadfast Love of The Lord Never Ceases
Lamentations 3:22-23 says:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Let’s break this verse down, savoring the glorious truths found in each section.
The Love Of The Lord Is Steadfast
The opening words of these verses contain two breathtaking truths:
- God’s love for us is steadfast
- God’s love for us never ceases
When it says that the Lord’s love is steadfast, it means that it doesn’t waver in intensity. He fully, 100% loves us all the time. There is never a moment when God’s love for us is not at 100% intensity.
Ponder that glorious truth for a moment. At every moment, God loves you at max capacity. He cannot love you any more than he loves you at this minute. Because you are in Christ, God loves you with the same intense, overwhelming love that he has for his own son.
Yes, you sin. Yes, you screw up. But that doesn’t lessen God’s steadfast love for you.
Psalm 103:11 gives a sweet picture of how the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases:
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him.
Doesn’t that fill you with such joy and freedom? Does this feel too good to be true? If so, it means you’re starting to grasp just how high and wide and deep God’s love is.
And it gets better.
God’s steadfast love never ceases. In other words, God will never stop loving you with all his heart. For all eternity, he will be lavishing his glorious, breathtaking love on you.
It’s truly amazing, isn’t it? The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases.
The Mercies Of The Lord Never End
Not only does the steadfast love of the Lord never cease, but his mercies also never come to an end.
The word “never” is so sweet and precious. It’s such a sweeping, all-encompassing word.
Even the most rugged, seemingly indestructible things come to an end. Great mountain peaks are slowly eroded to nothing. Powerful nations slowly fall into ruin. The greatest leaders grow old and die.
Even the world itself will eventually come to an end when Christ returns.
But get this…
You will never come to the end of God’s mercies. They are so high and wide and deep that you can’t ever reach the end. He is absolutely abounding in mercy, constantly pouring it out on you.
Speaking of the unending mercies of God, Charles Spurgeon says:
God’s mercy is so great that you may sooner drain the sea of its water, or deprive the sun of its light, or make space too narrow, than diminish the great mercy of God.
Are you going through painful, heartbreaking trials? His mercies never come to an end.
Have you sinned against God and are heavily burdened by guilt? Run to the One whose mercy knows no bounds.
Are you feeling spiritually dry and burned out? Return to God and he will give you new mercies for today.
Great Is His Faithfulness
After declaring the boundless love and endless mercies of God, the passage climaxes by declaring God’s great faithfulness.
And really, what other conclusion could you come to?
If the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases and his mercies never come to an end, then surely God must be infinitely faithful to his people.
What a heart-stirring reality.
God is infinitely faithful to you. He will keep you, sustain you, and uphold you. He will finish the work he began in you. Though you are faithless, God is faithful.
When you walk through the Valley of Death, your Good Shepherd will watch over you.
Through trials and struggles, backaches and tumors, depression and cancer, God is absolutely faithful.
This I Call To Mind, The Steadfast Love Of The Lord Never Ceases
The verse immediately preceding the one referenced above states:
But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases.
How do you create hope in your life? By calling to mind the steadfast love of the Lord. In other words, it’s not enough to simply know that God is faithful. You need to constantly call to mind that the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases.
You need to regularly remember that his mercies never come to an end.
When you constantly recall the faithfulness of God, you have hope. Joy. The peace that passes understanding.
God is faithful. Take heart.