As we all know, we live in a microwave society. We want things taken care of as quickly as possible. We often apply this same philosophy to our understanding of how God feels about us and our problems. We feel like God has set a time limit on His mercy, grace and love for us. We need to hurry and get our act together before His time limit runs out. It goes something like this:
You are going through a difficult time, there is grace but only for a season.
It has been one month. Are you getting any better?
No, not yet.
Alright, you have 6 months left and then you are on your own...
Is that true? What exactly is God's time limit?
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
his love endures forever.
Forever. Really? We have no grasp of understanding for this.
This is what the Lord says:
"Only if people can measure the sky above
and learn the secrets of the earth below,
will I reject all the descendants of Israel
because of what they have done," says the Lord.
Good news for us, here is what scientists today still say about the universe: "How indeed, do we measure something that many believe to be infinite?" (from "How to measure the universe?")
So let us change the way we think about God and His love. Stop applying limits to the depths of His love. He has gone to great lengths to prove it with His infinite universe and He has declared it through His word: His love ENDURES forever. The word endure implies withstanding, holding firm, not wearing out, or giving up. In our lives, especially in times of pain, we as humans want to do the exact opposite. We want to give up and throw in the towel. Instead, we need to learn to lean on the arms of Him whose love ENDURES Forever:
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
Finally, if for some reason, you did want to put limits on God's love the picture from above is from a galaxy 6 million light years away. So you could start with that limit:)