Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you. Psalm 33:22
God’s love is the catalyst of our hope. We hope because we know that the God of the Universe loves us. We hope because we have assurance that all God does for and in and through us is founded in His steadfast love. We hope because God’s love for us will not change with the seasons nor the years. We hope for we see His love at work everyday, touching our lives, touching the lives of those around us, touching the world. We hope for we have found that all that happens for God’s beloved is good. Didn’t the apostle Paul affirm for us once and for all that God’s love is a surety that cannot be measured nor hindered nor turned?
God’s love cannot be measured. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:18-19) Hope is secured in a love that we cover us, greet us, work for us, and fill us, regardless of where our journey may lead us.
God’s love cannot be hindered. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39) Hope rests on the power of God’s love to overcome all obstacles for His beloved. God’s love handles the situations and powers that would seek to confuse us and cause us to doubt. The fight is not ours but His. How wonderful it is to realize our weakness cannot keep us from God’s love.
God’s love cannot be turned. God proves his love for us in that while we were sinners Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8) Hope leads us deeper and deeper into His love as we discover more and more of God’s righteousness. Our turning from sin allows God’s love to pour into our lives and souls to cleanse and purify, and as the dirt of worldliness is washed away, God’s love becomes ever more clear, our hope is becomes ever more grounded, ever more transcending.
Hope, my friend, for God loves you. Rest now in His love. Work in His love. Play in His love. Learn in His love. Draw close to Him that His steadfast love may be upon you. Not just on your head and feet, but on your body, heart, and soul. Not just for the moment, but for every moment. Not just for Your own pleasure, but for the pleasure of those who will see His love in you and through you. Not just for today, but for everyday.