“I’m gonna love you forever, forever and ever, amen.”

“I’m forever yours, faithfully.”

“Best friends, forever!”

Forever is a very firm term.

Taken as is, it has no ending.  No end point.

As a token of faithfulness, it fits: 

        “I remain yours indefinitely, with no intention of ending our friendship.”

Spoken of fact, it fails. 

To last indefinitely requires an infinite life.

The Psalmist knew this too.

He prayed, “Let me dwell in your tent forever!” (Ps. 61:4).

To fulfill his vow of endless praise, he somehow needed endless life.

Therefore he adds, “Prolong the life of the king; may his years endure to all generations!” (Ps. 61:6).

Literally, “Add days to his days; may his years be as many generations.”

This addition occurred when Christ was raised.

The prophet foretold:

        “When his soul makes an offering for guilt,” in dying,

        “He shall see his offspring,

        “He shall prolong his days;

        “The will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand” (Isaiah 53:10).

Please note: The will of the Lord can only prosper in the hand of the living.

A firm intention to fulfill a promise will always fail at final breath.

Absolute faithfulness requires eternal life.

At the end of your days, your final wishes may fail, if no one is there to advocate.

Similarly, the promises of God are enforced in prayer, but who will be there to pray for you?

        Jesus will pray for you.

He is “able to save to the uttermost,” the Bible says, “since he always lives to make intercession” (Hebrews 7:25).

He is faithful because He is eternal.  He lives and loves forever.