“We don’t have to live very long in this world before it becomes painfully clear that nothing lasts forever. The car we were so proud of when we bought it is spending too much time in the garage getting fixed. Those clothes we picked up on sale are now in the hand-me-down box. At home, the roof eventually leaks, the appliances break down, the carpet needs to be replaced. And relationships that we think will endure often fall apart.
Nothing lasts forever – nothing but God’s love, that is. Twenty-six times we are reminded of this inspiring truth in Psalm 136. Twenty-six times the writer gives us something for which to praise the Lord, and then he reminds us, “his love endures for ever”.
Think of what this means. When we sin and need forgiveness, His love endures forever. When our lives seem a jumbled mess that we can’t control, His love endures forever. When we can’t find anyone to turn to for help, God’s love endures forever. When each day is a struggle because of illness, despair or conflict, His love endures forever. Whenever life seems overwhelming, we can still praise the Lord, as the psalmist did – for God’s love is always new and fresh.
No problem can outlast God’s forever love!”
The above is one page from a helpful booklet called Our Daily Bread which is posted out quarterly across the UK (and beyond) from an office in Sandside. The generosity of donors and local volunteers means that no payment is required – you simply need to tell them that you’d like to receive the booklets. Contact Our Daily Bread by phone, letter or on-line (015395 64149 Our Daily Bread Ministries, PO Box 1, Carnforth, LA5 9ES odb.org/subscription/uk). If you prefer you can receive Our Daily Bread pages by e-mail or to your phone.
And if you are longing for hope and strength in times of trouble and you would like a visit from someone on behalf of the local church then we have small teams in the villages who can be contacted - the details are in the village newsletters.