Many a man proclaims his own steadfast love,
but a faithful man who can find? Proverbs 20:6
Lovers are always looking for a way to declare their unbreakable, steadfast love for one another. One contemporary trend is for couples to place a padlock on a bridge railing and throw the key into the water, symbolizing an unbreakable, permanent commitment. These “love-locks” can be seen on the Junction Bridge in downtown Little Rock. But, the most famous locale for love-locks is the Pont des Arts in Paris.
Lovers have been placing locks there for over a decade to memorialize their unbreakable commitment to one another. But there is a problem. Forty-five tons of locks have accumulated on the historic bridge threatening its safety. With great poetic irony, the City Fathers of Paris have decided to cut off all the locks, utterly destroying the intended symbol.
It is hard to find unbreakable love. Man’s fickleness and self-concern always get in the way. Sin seems always to cut away at the love that was declared to be unbreakable. Yet, the Scripture speaks of a love that is unbreakable.
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39
Nothing can separate us from this love, including our own stubborn sin and inconsistency of faith. The life of Abraham reveals a shining example of this. The man of faith, who is given so many remarkable promises, fails to trust in God’s Word and His Love, time and time again. We see this vividly in Genesis 20 as Abraham allows his wife to be taken again into the harem of a petty tyrant. We might expect God to have had enough, but instead we find quite the opposite.
One commentator right noted.
Abraham did but illustrate what is all too sadly common among the Lord’s people — that which might be termed the inconsistency of faith. How often those who are not afraid to trust God with their souls, are afraid to trust Him with regard to their bodies! How often those who have the full assurance of faith in regard to eternal things, are full of unbelief and fear when it comes to temporal things! And how did God act? Did He lose patience with Abraham, and cast off one so fickle and inconsistent? Manifestly Abraham had dishonored the Lord in acting as he did, in setting such an evil example before [unbelievers]. Yet, behold the grace of Him with whom we have to do. Instead of casting him off, God interposed and delivered Abraham and his wife from the peril which menaced them. Arthur Pink, Gleanings in Genesis.
Where will you find unbreakable, steadfast love? Join us this Lord’s Day, August 6, as we examine the sordid story of Abraham and Abimelech in Genesis 20 and consider the unbreakable love God offers us. We meet from 5:00 – 6:30 pm in The Commons at St. Andrews Anglican Church at 8300 Kanis Rd in Little Rock. Click here for directions.
Come with a friend you and join us for fellowship and conversation. We look forward to seeing you there.