Reading: Psalm 91: 14-16
“Because he loves me…” opens our reading today. It goes on to say that because we love God, God will rescue, protect, answer, be with, deliver, honor, give long life, and show us salvation. Because we love God. Thankfully, these things God blesses us with because we love God is based not just on our love for God. More importantly, it is based on God’s love for us. Even though our love is at times fickle and wavering, God still desires a loving relationship with each of us. There is investment and commitment on both sides.
From God’s side, the love is as steady as the day is long. God’s love for us never changes. As the character who portrays God in one of my favorite books says, “I’m especially fond of that one”. It was said about everyone. This is one of the most amazing things about God’s love – it is unlimited in that it is for all people, not just for those who love God. And God’s love is constant. There is nothing we can do or say to earn more of God’s love. There is nothing we can do or say to drive away or lessen God’s love either.
But our love ebbs and flows. Our commitment to the relationship is sometimes strong, sometimes weak. As people prone to sin, we have moments, days, and even seasons when we slip, drift away, act like we do not love God. At times we probably make God question our love and commitment. We are human.
Yet God remains faithful, true, loving. God remains the same always. God patiently waited for us to realize our poor choices, to repent and return to our loving relationship. There are no “Where ya been?” questions. There is simply, “Welcome back”. Welcome back to where we belong. Welcome back. Thanks be to God for this incredible love.