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November 5, 2008 
Unfailing Love 
Sharon Jaynes

Today’s Truth 
“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,’ says the Lord, who has compassion on you” (Isaiah 54:10 NIV).

Friend to Friend 
2002 was a year of transition for me.  I changed positions at the ministry where I work, my son packed up to go away to college, my thyroid went out of control and had to be purposely destroyed with radioactive iodide, my first book went out of print, the grocery store quit carrying my favorite coffee, and Revlon discontinued the eyeliner that I’d been using for ten years.  Like a little girl who had lost her best friend, I whined, “Doesn’t anything ever stay the same?  Isn’t there one thing I can count on being the same tomorrow as it is today!”

Then I heard that gentle whisper I’ve grown to love, “Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,’ says the Lord, who has compassion on you” (Isaiah 54:10 NIV).

Yes, there is one thing that will never change, God’s unfailing love for His children.  The word compassion in Isaiah 54:10 is the Hebrew word racham, which means “to soothe; to cherish; to love deeply like parents; to be compassionate, be tender.  This verb usually refers to a strong love which is rooted in some kind of natural bond, often from a superior one to an inferior. (Now here’s the best part.) Small babies evoke this feeling.”

When my son, Steven, came into the world, a love was birthed in my heart that I never thought possible.  Elizabeth Stone said it well: “To make a decision to have a child, it’s momentous.  It is to decide to have your heart go walking around outside of your body for the rest of your life.”  That is how our Heavenly Father feels about His children!

The beautiful Hebrew word, hesed, is translated unfailing love in Isaiah 54:10. It is often translated loving-kindness, steadfast love, grace, mercy, faithfulness, goodness, and devotion.  This word is used 240 times in the Old Testament and is considered one of the most important in the vocabulary of the Old Testament.  Why?  Because God’s unfailing love is one of the most important themes of the entire Bible.  It is who He is and what He does (I John 4:8).

How would you like to memorize half of a psalm in the next sixty seconds?  Want to give it a try?  Turn to Psalm 136.  After each sentence, there is an echo, “His love endures forever.”  Repeat that sentence twenty-six times and you will have quoted half of the Psalm! David begins by reminding us that God created the world, led the captives out of Egypt and through the desert, and conquered the enemies of the Israelites so they could move into the Promised Land.  While He works in many varied ways and with many different people, one thing remains the same – “His love endures forever!”

Paul echoes David’s words in his letter to the Romans. “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38).  “His love endures forever!”

Let’s Pray 
Dear LORD, even though everything else in my life tends to change, I am so thankful that Your love never changes.  Your love endures forever.  Praise Your Holy Name!
In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Now It’s Your Turn 
Write down all the changes that have occurred in your life over the past year.  Now write down all the ways that God has remained the same through the changes.

Memorize 1 John 3:1

Go back and read Psalm 136.  Use it as a model for prayer, using your own life experiences.

More from the Girlfriends 
Can you risk the hope that God still has dreams for your life?  That He hasn’t forgotten you?  Place your hand firmly in His, take a deep breath and begin the exciting journey to a place you thought you’d never find: the dream God planned for you all along.  You’ll find out how in Dreams of a Woman God’s Plans for Fulfilling Your Dream by Sharon Jaynes. 

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