“May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.” 2 Thessalonians 3:5
This summer we had the opportunity to vacation away from the city where the summer nights were so dark, the stars lit up the sky. I pointed out to my daughter the North Star and explained its unique attributes.
It is an unfailing fixture in the northern sky. For centuries, explorers and travelers relied on its constant position to guide them to their destinations.
Without a point of reference, many of them would have lost both their way and their lives.
In the above verse, Paul prays for God to give our hearts a direction to move in.
The Bible frequently describes God’s love as steadfast, fixed firmly in place. God’s love is our North Star, a place of unwavering safety and protection.
This Scripture gives us permission to trust upon and lean into the steadfastness of Jesus, especially when we are wavering and weak. Nothing, not even undeserved death on the cross, can rattle the steadfastness of Jesus.
If we have been reconciled to God through Christ, we have nothing to fear or run from. We can continually enter into his loving presence without shame or putting on a false front.
Years ago, under cloudy skies, a ship’s captain would be unable to locate the North Star to confirm his direction. A wise and seasoned sailor would know once the clouds parted, the star would still be there to guide them along the way.
Such it is in our lives. Sometimes sin, temptation, suffering, and hardship make it difficult to see the steadfast love of God. But we can know with full assurance he is still there and he is unmovable. God’s steadfast love outlasts the storms and pierces the darkest of nights.