Good morning. I will continue to share devotional thoughts that involve God’s Word and thoughts around COVID-19. But I also think it would be good for us to focus and divert our attention away from such things from time to time as well and just focus on the overwhelming love God has for all of us.
So, today, a word from Lamentations 3:22. “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end.” God tells us over and over again how much He loves us. In fact, the Hebrew word “hesed,” translates as “steadfast love,” and it is used 248 times in the Old Testament, 127 of those times in the Psalms alone.
God’s steadfast love—his hesed—is difficult to translate, in part because it is difficult for us to comprehend a love so great. His love so eclipses our frail human hearts that it seems best to describe it by comparing it to ours.
Our love is like the morning dew—it quickly evaporates. God’s love is unyielding, tenacious and persistent. Our love is like a blooming flower—it fades and dies. God’s love is everlasting and “new every morning.” Our love is like the ocean waves—it comes and goes. God’s love is unmovable, rock solid and trustworthy.
The prophet Jeremiah says the only reason Israel was not consumed was because of the Lord’s hesed—his steadfast love towards his covenant people. The bible puts it very simply when it says, GOD-IS-LOVE. His love for us is entirely undeserved. God loves us despite our rebellion and sin. And so, this Lenten Season, and always, we thank Him for his love shown to us in His Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
Pastor Bryan E. Drebes
Pastor Drebes attended Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, beginning in 1997. He spent the summer of 1999 teaching English to Chinese middle school teachers in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China. He served a four-month vicarage at St. John Lutheran Church, Plymouth, Wisconsin, followed by eight months at Bethany Lutheran Church, Overland Park, Kansas. Pastor Drebes was ordained into the Office of the Holy Ministry at Zion Lutheran Church, Palmyra, Missouri on August 19, 2001, and installed as Associate Pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church, Overland Park, Kansas on September 9, 2001. He served Bethany for 14 years. Pastor Drebes accepted a Divine