New love is exciting! We’ve all seen it in newly married couples. It doesn’t matter if they’re 20 or 70, love makes their faces beautiful and their feet bounce.

It’s not only true of marriages. We’ve seen people who lovingly wash and wax their new sports car—and then do it all over again.

Whether it’s a new car or a new relationship, at first we respond with wholehearted devotion. But with the passing of time, excitement often fades. Unrealistic hopes can blind us to the flaws in the object of our affection. When we expect too much from a person or a possession, we set ourselves up for disappointment.

A car, a house, or a spouse may turn out to be less than ideal. But if our relationship with God cools, it’s because our communication has broken down and disinterest has set in. It’s then that intimacy is lost. It happened with Israel (Jer. 2:5-8); it happens with us. But we can’t blame God. He never changes. His love for us is unfailing!

If your relationship with the Lord has grown cold, take time to think about who He is and what He has done. Draw near to Him in prayer. Then you won’t be left wondering where your love has gone.