We just had our roof re-shingled. It cost a lot, but it should last a long time, and it came with a warranty. Our car has a warranty as well. The lawnmower I purchased last year also has a warranty. In fact, most of the stuff we’ve bought new has a warranty. There’s a comfort in knowing that if something goes wrong with the product the warranty will cover it, sometimes. One characteristic of all these warranties, whether it be the roof, the car, or even our toaster, is that they’re limited. They limit what they cover, and they limit the time they’ll cover it.
One reason warranties are limited is that nothing can last forever. Everything eventually wears out, gets broken, or can be stolen. Even relationships, the most important part of life, don’t come with an unlimited warranty. Relationships are broken. If nothing else breaks a relationship death will. Even in a marriage a couple makes a limited warranty with each other, “till death do us part” we promise. I can think of only one unlimited warranty that I possess, and that warranty comes from the ultimate manufacturer and creator, God.
That warranty from our Maker, part of the covenant He wants to make with us, essentially states that if we let Him get hold of us in a relationship, asking for His forgiveness and putting Him in the number one position in our lives, then He will never let go of us. We’re guaranteed a relationship with Him throughout this life and on into eternity, forever! The great preacher/writer of a previous generation, C. H. Spurgeon, stated, “We could see the ruin of everything earthly and still rejoice in the God of our salvation!”
I wish I had kept count of all the cars I’ve owned over my half a century of driving; it’s got to be more than 30 vehicles. Most of them are in a junkyard someplace or recycled into soup cans or ten thousand other metal objects. I’ve also lost track of how many computers I’ve had over the years. Our retirement funds are in low risk instead of high risk accounts, but even these aren’t guaranteed; some catastrophic financial event could occur to wipe it all out. My relationships, of course, are most important, but some of these have been severed by death, and all the other relationships will eventually be severed, either by their death or mine. I’m not trying to be morbid, just realistic. Nothing in life comes with an unlimited warranty except for the warranty God offers us!
“’Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,’ says the Lord, who has compassion on you.” Isaiah 54:10