Lately, God has been drawing me in His Word to the theme of His steadfast love. Numerous times in my Bible readings I have come upon the phrase “the steadfast love of the LORD” or “your steadfast love” or some other Bible passage referencing God’s steadfast love. The theme of God’s steadfast love is prominent throughout Scripture. In fact, the phrase “steadfast love” is found 196 times in the Old Testament, 127 times in Psalms alone. Obviously, this means something!
The biblical definition of steadfast means “resolutely firm, unwavering, not movable.” Tied to God’s love, it carries the meaning that God’s love is firm and unbending. A perfect love that is inflexible and enduring. In a world rife with suffering, grasping the depth of God’s steadfast love can help us cope with the pain and hurt we encounter. This is especially true when the suffering we experience is a result of broken relationships. Human love with its many imperfections notoriously wounds and hurts and destroys, and we are left wondering how love could get so out of hand and cause such pain and anguish.
Then there is our own sin and brokenness that drives us away from God, causing us to question if God could still love us despite what we’ve done or who we’ve become. Thankfully, Scripture assures us that no matter the suffering we have experienced, or the pain and hurt we have caused God by our own sin, God’s love is never-ending. Here are some examples:
But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: 22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; 23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lam. 3:21-23)
Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. 6 Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; your judgments are like the great deep; man and beast you save, O Lord. 7 How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings. (Ps. 36:5-7)
I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love, because you have seen my affliction; you have known the distress of my soul. (Ps. 31:7)
But I will sing of your strength; I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning. For you have been to me a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress. 17 O my Strength, I will sing praises to you, for you, O God, are my fortress, the God who shows me steadfast love. (Ps. 59:16-17)
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, 3 who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, 4 who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,5 who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. 6 The Lord works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. 7 He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel. 8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. 9 He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. 10 He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. 11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; 12 as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. (Ps. 103:1-12)
Unlike human love that wounds and hurts and destroys, God’s love is abiding, inflexible, resolute, relentless, dedicated, and enduring. Whereas human love lacks loyalty, mercy, forgiveness, and honesty, God’s steadfast love is loyal, merciful, forgiving, honest, and above all, permanent. So never think for a moment that anything could ever separate you from God’s love, for He has never ceased to love us! Even when we have wandered off, God will do whatever is necessary to bring us back to Him!
In God’s divine love,