You are familiar with George Matheson’s hymn that beautifully sings of the love that will not let us go. Some time ago I was thinking about that truth…thinking about how I knew that His love wouldn’t let me go. Of course we know things intellectually that we have trouble getting a heart-grip on, don’t we? But I believe the truth of this song not only because of what Scripture tells me about God’s great heart of love for me…for us…but because I have put this wondrous love to the long, hard test of my life. How do I know his love won’t let me go? Because I have resisted it so often…so stubbornly…so continually…so selfishly…so stupidly…so rebelliously (and all the other adverbs that apply).
A person who had recently been won to Jesus was asked about his salvation. “What was God’s part in your salvation?” “Well,” he said, “God provided Jesus and pursued me in love down through all the years.” “And what was your part in your salvation?” He replied, “I ran as hard as I could in the other direction.”
There you go. That’s how I know by experience that His love won’t let me go! Oh I deserved to be abandoned. I didn’t deserve a single second chance, but He has showered second chances down upon me. And to this day I get a brand new chance every morning (and then throughout the day) when I go out and discover the manna of His mercy fresh and everywhere about me. And so I make music to His Name and proclaim His love every morning and His faithfulness every night (Psalm 92:1f). Today I am thanking God that even when I had let go, His love didn’t, wouldn’t and still doesn’t let me go.
Maybe you could share something of a time when you became very conscious that His love was holding you with a “never let you go” sort of strength. It would do all our hearts good, I’m sure.
Have a great weekend. Know that you are loved. You are His beloved.