Day Ten: The Promise of Faithfulness

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”   Lamentations 3:22-23

How many of us can say that we are faithful people?

I like to think I am, but the reality is…I am not.

I want to be faithful, but know that I am not always.  I promise things that I cannot deliver.  I let people down by not doing something they ask me to do.  My memory gets the best of me and prohibits me from actually remembering to do something I said I would do.  Other times I am not faithful due to sheer laziness or an unwillingness to be faithful.  And what really stinks is that I let God down by not doing what He asks of me.  That tears me up the most.  The fact that I have disappointed the God who loves me is not good.  I hate when I do this.

Can you relate to this?  Anybody else out there who strives to be faithful, but ends up falling short?

Even though we are not always faithful, I can find assurance and joy from the Word of God that He is ALWAYS faithful.  If you open up your Bible and read it, you will find Scripture after Scripture where God is faithful, even though his people are not.  Just read the first five books of the Old Testament and you will see that Israel was unfaithful, but God continued to be faithful despite their shortcomings.

When I think about God’s faithfulness, I am drawn to recite the verse from Lamentations above.  When I wake up every morning, I know that God’s mercies are new.  All I have to do is look at His creation to see He is faithful:  the sun rises, flowers bloom, trees grow, leaves fall from the trees, oxygen is in the air to breathe in, the stars are in the sky, the moon give us light at night.  Creation is full of His faithfulness.

And then there’s His faithfulness to never change.  I find joy in knowing that no matter what happens in my life, I can open up His Word and read His promises to me, knowing that He is the same God today as He was then.  His promise to remain faithful is comforting.  I love these verses that tell of His faithfulness:

“Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.”   Deuteronomy 7:9

“God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”     I Corinthians 1:9

“For the word of the Lord is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness.”  Psalm 33:4

“For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.”  Malachi 3:6

“If we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself.”  2 Timothy 2:13

Even as I am writing this I can’t help but sing the beautiful hymn, “Great is Thy Faithfulness” (My favorite rendition of this is from Selah:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kgJwyXsQLM.)  This is a hymn that I love to sing when I need to be reminded of His faithfulness to us.  I love the first stanza and the chorus:

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee,
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not,
As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.

Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness! 
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided,
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Our God is so faithful!  His mercies are new every single morning.  My prayer is that you will open your eyes to see His faithfulness.  Even when things aren’t going your way or your prayers aren’t answered in the way you would have liked, I pray that you will turn to His Word to find hope for His faithfulness.  His promise to remain faithful is not one to dismiss.  Hold firm to this truth.  Believe it.  And know that the Lord our God will always be faithful.

Great is Thy faithfulness!

Prayer:  Faithful father, what a joy to know that Your promise to be faithful will never go away.  We ask that You forgive us when we are not faithful followers.  Help us to turn to Your Word to find this promise and to know that Your Word is true.  Thank you for always being faithful.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Journal
  1. Name one way God has been faithful to you.
  2. How can you do a better job at being a faithful servant of Christ?
  3. Visit the YouTube link above and listen to Selah sing “Great is Thy Faithfulness”.  Write down what you feel the Holy Spirit is saying to you.

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