“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.”
I can get so focused on this life. Even in studying Scripture and the promises of God, there is a tendency to fix my eyes on what this life could bring. As if that’s all there is. It’s a strange mix of Christianity and worldliness. The perspective that we have one life to live, so it had better be a great one.
But tonight, stirred by recent events, God gently reminded me of the glories that await. The best is yet to come. Better than our greatest dreams. Better than we can even fathom.
God loves us—each one of His children—with an everlasting love. A love that reaches far beyond these moments, these days, these years. This steadfast love that never fails us, this great love that exceeds any other we will ever know, extends throughout eternity. An everlasting love. Continuing forever. So when we reach the end of this life, we walk through death—victorious—and straight into the continuation of our abundant life with Christ, closer to Him than we’ve ever been, knowing joy and life to the fullest extent.
Through it all, this love is exhibited in faithfulness. Not a faithfulness that wavers. Not a faithfulness that ends. But a faithfulness that is continual, one that is active. Day in and day out. From now until the end of time—and even beyond that, because the God who gives us life is infinite. And this infinite God, the God whose Word stands forever and cannot be undone, has promised that He will be faithful to us forever.
So we transition from this life into the next, still kept without ceasing in the faithfulness of our God, upheld with His steadfast love and risen to a life more real and abiding than the one we have known.
“For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling…For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.” (2 Corinthians 5:3-5). What is mortal will be swallowed up, but not by death. By life. Life abundant and everlasting, filled with the everlasting love and continued faithfulness of our God. This is what awaits us.
So let us rejoice that this life is not all there is. This is not the focus. Christ is the focus, because He is the One to whom we are running. We fix our eyes on that prize. Death has been swallowed up in victory and the sting is gone. Because Jesus Christ came. He took our sin upon Himself and endured the wrath of God that was rightly our due. He laid down His life, and He took it back up again with the almighty power of our God. The resurrection and the life. This is our hope. This is why we can rejoice in the Lord always. Because nothing can ever separate us from the everlasting love and continued faithfulness of our God who knows each of those who are His.
“For I am sure that neither death nor life,
nor angels nor rulers,
nor things present nor things to come,
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.”