Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, and His loyal love endures! (Psalm 106:1)
As discussed yesterday, the love of God endures forever. His love is everlasting. As a loving God, the Lord is committed to calling us to Himself (or back to Himself) as long as we have breath in our lungs.
There is one exception to that statement, though, and that exception is based on something that God and God alone can know.
Let’s recall that God is the only completely omniscient Being. He alone knows all things, including the thoughts and intentions of our hearts. (1 Kings 8:39; 1 John 3:20) There is nothing to be known that God doesn’t know. As a result, God knows–without any possibility of error whatsoever–the moment any human being crosses that line in his mind and heart when he absolutely will not believe God. Just as John 12:37-39 records,
Although Jesus had performed so many miraculous signs before them, they still refused to believe in him, so that the word of Isaiah the prophet would be fulfilled. He said, “Lord, who has believed our message, and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?” For this reason they could not believe [in Him] …
Notice in this brief passage from God’s word that it is possible for “would not believe” to devolve into “could not believe.” A human being can resist Jesus Christ as Savior (or even the concept of God’s existence) so obstinately that he determines in his own mind never to yield to God’s offer of life or never to acquiesce to admitting the existence of God.
It would be the height of arrogance for any other human to judge that an individual has reached that place in the core of their soul. But in His infinite knowledge, God knows in the precise moment when someone crosses that tragic line.
For the very reason that God loves each and every single human being with dignity and respect, He will not violate the free will that He gives each human as a being created in His image. And so God’s word says,
As surely as I live, declares the sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but prefer that the wicked change his behavior and live. (Ezekiel 33:11)
Some human beings will experience a “second death”–a complete and final separation from God as a matter of their own choosing. It is so heartrending to God, that, as Deity in human flesh, Jesus Christ actually wept over this kind of human decision and its consequent result. Not long before His crucifixion in Jerusalem, He said through tears,
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those who are sent to you! How often I have longed to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you would have none of it!” (Matthew 23:37)
Jesus Christ wept over the city that rejected Him. He loved its people to the end, but He knew that many of them would spend eternity apart from Him by their own choice.
If you have lived life to this point paying no serious attention to God our Creator and Savior, then I urge you, please, to turn to Him before “would not believe” turns in your heart to “could not believe.”