“Love never fails.” 1 Cor. 13:8
Those three words choked me up more than anything as I taught my lesson in our adult Bible fellowship class. The phenomenon of an object or institution that doesn’t corrode, rust, wear out, break down, fall apart or disintegrate just seems, well, incomprehensible.
Imagine a car that never needed washing, or an engine that never needed oil. I personally would prefer a computer that never needed upgrading. But everything has a life span. Nothing lasts forever. Even things with a warrantee break before they’re supposed to. Even really durable things aren’t eternal; they just last a LOT longer than most things, and they still deteriorate.
In today’s culture, we’re easily disappointed by things or people that don’t meet our unrealistic expectations of durability, especially in relationships. Husbands, wives, parents, siblings… all disappoint and fail.
But God does not falter. He does not wane. He does not break. He does not weaken…
His love NEVER FAILS.
I stumbled upon an a cappella remix video from GodVine, an old 1872 hymn called I Need Thee Every Hour. The lyrics are very poignant:
I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like Thine can peace afford.
I need Thee every hour, stay Thou nearby; Temptations lose their pow’r when Thou art nigh.
I need Thee every hour, in joy or pain; Come quickly and abide, or life is vain.
I need Thee every hour; teach me Thy will; And Thy rich promises in me fulfill.
I need Thee every hour, most Holy One; Oh, make me Thine indeed, Thou blessed Son.
I need Thee, oh, I need Thee; Every hour I need Thee;
Oh, bless me now, my Savior, I come to Thee.
God is shouting throughout creation, “Trust me!” Can we stop trying to succeed long enough to let Him succeed for us?
The point is simple.
You use up, wear out, and wear down. We all will break in some way. We can’t do it ourselves. Lamentations 3 says His mercies are new every morning. We literally need Him for every breath. He raises the sun every day, keeps the planets and stars in motion. All life depends upon His mercy and unending grace.
We try so hard to be good. Yet when we don’t trust God to change us, we try and fail…
And try again…
and fail again…