Steadfast love. The God who shows me “steadfast” love. What is that? Is that your God? Is it mine? If I asked you if you felt in your life that God has shown you steadfast love-would you say “yes”. (And not just because that is the “right” answer?) The Psalmist above describes his God, as one who shows him steadfast love. Does he have the same God as you and I?
Of course, we would hope so, but sometimes I think we need to be real. Look at Scripture and really think about it. Living in the wonderful Christian community we live in, I think this can be difficult at times. For Paul, when he was freed from jail, or saved from drowning-it would be clear that God “loved” him in those situations. David being chased by an army and surviving is easy evidence. What would we tell a friend if they asked “how has your God shown you steadfast love?”
As I was thinking about this, I tried to think of an example of “steadfast love”. Steadfast means loyal, faithful, unwavering, reliable. An easy picture our world would give us of “steadfast” love is a dog to his master. With God, though, it is the reverse…the master to his servant.
How does God show us love? The “squirrel” answer is “By sending Christ to die on the cross”- and that is true, but sadly, I believe sometimes this is hard to “feel”.
We know logically that He loves us but as Americans, living in comfort, we don’t so readily “see” (back to vision again!) His love. We don’t recognize it. The Psalmist phrase above in other translations reads “The God on whom I can rely.” This is part of it. Do we rely on God? Do you and I trust Him? We will see God’s love when we rely on Him. When we go into a test we are nervous about and pray that He helps us through it. When God help us remember what we studied. When we rely on God to help us honor him with friends who use crude language and we are uncertain how to respond. When I am not sure how to interpret the Scripture for the devotions in a way that helps us hide his Word in our heart and walk in it for the day, so I ask for God’s help. These are all instances of relying on God.
I think it is harder for us to “see” God’s steadfast love in our lives, not because it isn’t there-but because He has blessed us SOOOO much, that a life of constant blessing is our normal! Just think about that. Work on it. When did you last rely on God? What was the outcome? That is His steadfast love that you and I need to build on that will continually draw us nearer to Him and help us see His incredible love towards us!