This year, for the first time ever, I had an incredible opportunity- an opportunity to attend the Passion Conference in Atlanta. To say the very least, God showed up and showed out, just like He always does.
On Tuesday night, the Passion band sang ‘Build My Life’ – an incredible song I have been blaring over the speakers in my car for a few months now, never realizing the truth that it actually held.
The lyrics read “I will build my life upon Your love / It is a firm foundation / I will put my trust in You alone and I will not be shaken.”
For a long time, I built my life upon the foundation of the love of a human – a foundation that will, and did, crack and falter. And when it did, I was in ruins and shambles.
The foundation of a human's love isn't a love strong enough to support the quakes and shakes of unforeseen circumstances of life and this sinful world.
The love of our Jesus is a love that is good and promises goodness – one that doesn’t shudder when times get tough and one that doesn’t fall through when the seas get rough. After all, He created time and calms the seas.
When we put our trust in a human, we will be let down every single time. We were not created to bear the burden of human satisfaction. If we could be satisfied in another human being, we wouldn’t need the love of Jesus. If we could receive from another human what our God gives, we wouldn’t need God.
Lamentations 3:22-23 reads, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” Jesus is faithful; therefore, His love is faithful. It is a love that doesn’t relent and doesn’t rest. It is active and alive. It is sturdy and unshaken. It is pure and promising.
Whenever I think about my sin condition in comparison to our Father, I can't help but be obsessively grateful that despite my mess, He pursues me- recklessly and relentlessly. I'm full of sin, but He's full of much more grace. He wants nothing more than He wants my heart to trust in His.
C.S. Lewis said it best when he said, "God always allows us to feel the frailty of human love so we'll appreciate the strength of His."
Here’s to trusting in the faithful love of our good, good Father – to building a life on the love that is patient, kind, gentle, and relentless – to building a life on a love that stands the test of time – to building a life on a foundation of a God who is loving and trustworthy and deserving of all my praise and worship, constantly.