God’s Love, Endless and Certain
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
George Matheson, known for the hymn, “O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go” wrote this beloved hymn in the midst of great sorrow. George, as a young man was already experiencing poor eyesight and in the years to follow, would leave him totally blind. He was determined to finish his education and at the age of nineteen enrolled in the University of Glasgow. There he would study Christian ministries but unfortunately, during his graduate studies, became permanently blind. To add to his saddened plight, his fiancee was unwilling to be married to a blind man and broke off their engagement returning the ring.
George never married because of his broken heart and severe pain of total rejection. His two sisters, who loved him dearly, stood beside him learning Greek and Hebrew along with him to help with his studies for ministry. When one of the sisters came to George with the joyous news of her plans to be married, he of course was elated for her, but was reminded of his own heartache. He consoled himself with the thoughts of Christ’s love for him and was reminded, God’s love is never conditional, never withdrawn, and never uncertain. Out of this difficult experience it is said, George penned this great hymn.
“O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go”
O love that wilt not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in Thee.
I give Thee back the life I owe,
That in Thine ocean depths its flow,
May richer, fuller be.
O joy that seekest me though pain,
I cannot close my heart to Thee.
I trace the rainbow through the rain,
And feel the promise is not vain,
That morn shall tearless be.
We need not fear life or death, things present or things to come, because Jesus Christ loves us and has given us the victory. Therefore, nothing in life’s path can separate us or remove us from God’s powerful and magnificent love.
Lord, thank You for Your undeserving love.