The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children’s children (Psalm 103:17).
One hundred years ago, the journey from the east coast to the west coast of the United States took 2 months and 8,000 miles through two oceans and around two continents (12,875 km). In 1904, the United States bought a stretch of land through the central American country of Panama straddling the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. President Theodore Roosevelt envisioned a channel uniting the two oceans.
The huge project cost about 9 trillion dollars in today’s numbers, and took over 10 years to complete. The US Army Corps of Engineers hired more than 75,000 men and women to work on the project, during which nearly 6,000 of the workers died mostly of malaria, which the United States eradicated.
The 49 mile canal now allows more than 15,000 ships a year to travel from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean in only 8 to 10 hours. It also provides abundant drinking and irrigation water to Panamanians. In 1979, the United States gave the canal to Panama without cost.
The Panama Canal makes it possible to travel from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean directly through the heart of the 35 nations of North and South America. You can travel from one extreme to the other through the very heart of two continents!
The Bible says that God’s hesed love (merciful, good, kind, gracious love) is from everlasting to everlasting. His love for His own children has no beginning and no end. You have been loved from eternity, through time, and into eternity.
Imagine! The holy and almighty God loved you before the world was formed or you were born, knowing exactly who you would be, what you would do, and how you would live. His love for you is as eternal, unchanging, and unending as He is!
This love of God without beginning or end is what the Apostle Paul had in mind when he wrote, For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-39).