God's Unfailing Love
by Jim Hughes
LORD, give to me your unfailing love, the salvation that you promised me. Then I will have an answer for those who taunt me, for I trust in your word. (Psalm 119:41-42, NLT)
Evidently, the Psalmist was going through a tough time when he questioned whether or not he was loved. He felt alienated from God and His love and prayed that the Lord would help him to know once again he was loved. “Lord, give to me your unfailing love.” Maybe you too know the feeling, you wonder whether or not God even loves you, things go on in your life and God doesn’t seem to care to get involved. When you begin to feel this way, do as David did; pray and ask the Lord to give you a fresh taste of His love that never fails. We may not understand how what we are going through could be an act of love, but never forget that we don’t know what God knows. He sees the end from the beginning and acts accordingly.
When we know that we are right with God, we can handle anything that comes our way. We will not succumb to those who don’t like us or to the circumstances that surround us. We can deal with everything with confidence and boldness when we know all is well with our soul, that we are loved by God.
Notice David was being taunted because he trusted in God’s Word. The Bible has been under attack for centuries, but it seems more so today than ever before. People discard the Bible because of those who abuse it, use it for personal gain, misinterpret it to justify sin, etc. There is a growing disdain for the Bible and few are actually reading it, studying it, and applying it to life. Because of the way God’s Word is treated, people of the world taunt those who believe it.
How do we handle ourselves when we are taunted? We flee to God’s unfailing love. We rest in His saving grace. We keep our eyes focused on the Lord and press on towards what is ahead of us. God’s Word is eternal truth. Heaven and earth will pass away, but God’s Word never will.
About the Author
I am a retired pastor having served the church mainly as a bi-vocational pastor for over 40 years. I have been married for over 40 years and we have two married children and a single son.
I have an online ministry, posting daily devotionals and tweeting on faith and marriage.
I have authored a series of devotional books covering every book of the Bible and several marriage books.
You can read Jim’s “Sunday Inspiration” column on the 4th Sunday each month here at Mustard Seed Sentinel.