“Has God’s Love Vanished?”

September 3, 2017

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Psalm 77 is a desperate prayer to God, perhaps better described as a cry to Him for help. The psalmist is hurting and he wonders if the Lord is listening. Verses 7-9 are questions couched in pain: “Will the Lord reject forever? Will He never show His favor again? Has His unfailing love vanished forever? Has His promise failed for all time? Has God forgotten to be merciful? Has He in anger withheld His compassion?” (NIV) Perhaps you’ve been there. Perhaps you’re there now. Near and far, we know people weeping aloud similar prayers. When our cries seem to be ignored, we may view God’s inaction as rejection, a lack of love and caring. Some folks walk away from God altogether. Others cry out hoping He’ll quickly restore them to life as normal. But what if our normal was a place where we didn’t depend on God? Should we expect to be returned there? The truth is, God loves us and knows we need Him. The ultimate act of love towards us, the indisputable manifestation of His mercy and compassion, are fully realized in Jesus, the very Son of God, who sacrificed Himself for us. By so doing, Christ yoked us to Himself forever, laying to rest all notions of being forsaken. Greater love has no man than this!

Bible References

  • Psalm 77:1 - 9
  • Galatians 3:13
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:9 - 11
  • Romans 8:1 - 4
  • John 4:9 - 10