“Never is a frightening word.”*
The word never is absolute, unchanging, final. Once spoken, it is understood that the speaker will not be moved to alter the decision. It carries with it a sense of a closed door, locked up tight, and the key thrown out. While Deborah Kerr’s character stated it was frightening word, in a believer’s world it can be a freeing word.
When we walk with Jesus, we will never again face the world on our own (Hebrews 13:5). We do not have to worry that God will grow tired of us and decide He doesn’t have the patience to “put up with us” anymore. We are promised that His love for us will never fail. He will pursue us when we are lost (Luke 15). He will never dig up the very things He has forgiven of us (Psalm 103: 10-12).
Jesus’ love for us does not fade, does not tarnish, does not fall apart through the ages. It is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow- because He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow (Hebrews 13:8).
We do not have to strive, fight, struggle, and sigh to try to keep God from forgetting us. We are engraved on the palm of His hands (Isaiah 49:16).
The love God has for us is described this way in the Phillips translation of 1 Corinthians 13:8, Love knows no limit to its endurance, no end to its trust, no fading of its hope; it can outlast anything. It is, in fact, the one thing that still stands when all else has fallen.
It is because of these words that I can stop. I can exhale. I can relax and know that God’s great consuming love for me-and for you- will never stop (Psalm 107:1). Will never run out. Will never go past it’s “best by date.”
Precious child of God, do you know this amazing love? This never-ending offer comes from the everlasting, eternal God, Jesus who pursues you as a lover pursues his love. Tenderly, tenaciously, tirelessly.
What keeps you from accepting this love? This grace? Ask God to meet you in your doubt and draw you to a stronger faith in Him and His love for you. Let the word never be a freeing word for you and your soul.