Psalm 145:8, 2 Timothy 2:13
I started reading through the Bible in January 2015, and as I am nearing the end of this year-long journey, I have noticed one main theme throughout Scripture: the love of God is relentless.
Since the beginning of time, God has desired that mankind live in harmony with Him; yet our family tree proves that we are all rebels. From Adam and Eve in Eden, to the Israelites’ continual waywardness throughout the history of the Old Testament, sinful man has rebelled and our loving God has pursued.
God’s ultimate pursuit of fellowship with His creation was satisfied through the once-and-for-all sacrifice of Jesus, who made a way to forever change the wayward hearts of all that believe. What amazes me is that, while mankind still has the same problem we had thousands of years ago, God has remained the same. God still pursues us today through the grace of Jesus.
Although we see the continual perfection of God through His Word, I’ve still found it easy to attach human qualities to God. When I fail, I fear He will forsake. When I lie, I feel He reacts in shock and disappointment. When I call out to Him, I fight the feeling that He may not come this time. When I keep struggling with the same things over and over again, I fear that He may have finally given up on me.
I forget that He is the same God of the Bible, relentless in His love for His children. I forget, “The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love” (Psalm 145:8).
I forget that God is the Rock of Ages. I forget He is constant. Nothing can or will thwart His plans. Nothing will compromise His unfailing love.
He is relentless for me, and for you. He died an innocent death for the guilty - for us. Our Father is relentless, and nothing satisfies Him like the return of a wayward child.
Is there something in your life you feel God’s love can’t quite get to? Is there a loved-one or situation you feel is beyond all hope? To that, I must ask, what do you believe? Do you believe His love is strong enough to break the chains and move past the carefully crafted fortress around our hearts? Do you believe that He can make you relentless for Him, just like He is for you?
I must remember that God’s Word is glued together with His perfectly fulfilled promises, His faithfulness despite His own people’s rebellion, and His steady presence despite our distance from Him. There is nothing that will stop God from loving, because love is His identity.
Christians, you cannot fall to a place where His love cannot reach. Why? Because His relentless love is stronger than any sin, stronghold, or situation that you could ever face. And for the curious bystanders, this perfect love is offered to all who believe.
Today, wherever you find yourself, remember that despite your own struggle, He remains faithful, constant, and relentless.
“If we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself.” 2 Timothy 2:13