Jesus doesn’t quit

Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” Peter said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death.” Jesus said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow this day, until you deny three times that you know me.” (Luke 22:31-34)

So peter would deny Jesus. Jesus knew it and instead of rejecting him, He prayed for Him. He prayed so that he would turn again. He prayed that Peter would quit only for a time, not forever.

Jesus doesn’t quit His relationship with us, we do. Jesus doesn’t quit, never.  And not only that, but He fights for us. He won’t let us go that easily. He paid the price to have us and will do everything to keep us. He will never forsake us, never. Even now, He is interceding for us.

In the same way, the Bible shows us that God never divorces us. We can be unfaithful, He can discipline us, but He doesn’t divorce. If you want to lose your relationship with the Father, you would have to quit. He is faithful until the end. He will even take us back after we have been unfaithful. (Ezekiel 16:59-63, Hosea 2:16-20).

What a love! What a commitment!

God is good, isn’t He?

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

How hard it is to believe this verse. We all know it. We quote it often. We use it to encourage others and lift our own spirit. But we don’t believe it. Before you react, let me ask you a question. When was the last time you got frustrated, angry or anxious? If we really believed what the Holy Spirit says here, we wouldn’t feel frustrated with our circumstances. If we really believed It, we wouldn’t be anxious about tomorrow . We would be sure that everything is okay because our God is God.

But the fact that God is God is all the problem. He is so holy, so righteous, so pure, and we are so rebellious, so sinful, so impure. Why should He be good to us? Well because He is merciful and loves us. But… He proved it on the cross. But… Yes, but He is God and He never lies or changes. He is merciful and gracious and faithful and good and shows it in so many ways every day. Let us praise Him for all His wonderful deeds.

 You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand supported me, and your gentleness made me great. Psalm 18:35

God rejoices to do us good.

I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them… I will rejoice in doing them good. (Jeremiah 32:40-41 ESV)

This is one of those promises of God that are difficult to grasp, to fully accept. God rejoices in doing you and me good. That’s extravagant love! Can you think of any fact more encouraging than that?

Sometimes our situations are so hard to bear that it feels like God is doing all He can to make us miserable. In those days, we need to remember.

To remember those low moments, those moments where we were so weak that we were sure God’s grace could not be enough for us and yet we saw God answer prayers after prayers.

To remember that time when we wanted that specific seat and prayed, then those two guys just left and we got the spot.

To remember that exam we were sure to fail and we got the mark we wanted.

To remember that surprising phone call which rejoiced your heart.

To remember those moments of unexpected blessings, those heavenly winks.

It was God doing us good and rejoicing in it. So let’s be encouraged and comforted. The all-powerful God, the one who hold all things, takes pleasure in doing us good.

Surely your goodness and faithfulness will pursue me all my days, and I will live in the LORD’s house for the rest of my life. (Psalm 23:6 NET)