I like the word “always.”
It’s a word that’s tied in with God’s promises, and when I remember that word, it lifts my spirits. How easily I can slip back into bondage when I fail to embrace the always promises that God holds out to me to comfort and to encourage me.
Here are three of the promises that contain an always from the Lord:
I will always love you.
When things don’t go my way or when I face tragedy, heartbreaking disappointments, or years of seemingly unanswered prayer, deep down I begin to doubt God’s love for me.
Psalm 136 speaks of God’s always kind of love. Here are the first three verses:
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords: His love endures forever. NIV
Those words—God’s promise to always love us—is repeated in the remainder of Psalm 136—in verses 4 through 26 another 22 times.
This is God’s way of helping me and all of us to know for sure that His love for us is for always.
A second always that is contained in God’s promises is:
I will always be with you.
I confess that some days I feel so alone. It seems no one understands me, and it feels that there is no one to comfort me or hold me. But God is there—even if I can’t feel Him.
In Hebrews 13:5 I read,
…Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.
The Amplified says this verse in an even stronger way since we need convincing of this truth of God always being with us.
for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]
The third always promise from God is:
I am always faithful.
Some definitions I found for faithful are “true or trustworthy in the performance of duty, the fulfillment of promise or obligations,” “worthy of belief or confidence” “firmness, security, steadiness”
One online writer by the name of James L Morrison said this:
When we say God is faithful, we mean that we can trust him, rely on him, depend on him totally and without reservation. He will do what he says. He is constant and does not change.
Here are my favorite verses about God’s faithfulness:
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23
These three always promises which are repeated in the Word of God are just three that came to mind. They are for all of us. This week as I have encountered some of the cruelties of this world, I’ve been saying them to myself.
God always loves me. God is always with me. God is always faithful to me.
If I can embrace these promises fully, I can enjoy the abundant life God has for me.
Will you join me?