Praise: Faithfulness

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”     Hebrews 10:23

Anyone else feeling encouraged and convicted with me after reading Brandi’s incredible post on practicing service? I for one am still not over how accurately she articulated the lies of independence in the modern world and the encouragement to press on in service to the Lord because we have what it takes through grace!

This week let’s marvel together in the wonder of God’s faithfulness.

One of the resounding hymns of the twentieth century church is Great is Thy Faithfulness, written by Thomas Chisholm in the 1920s. Thomas Chisholm was a very ordinary man who lived an ordinary life. He did not receive a prestigious education, he did not accumulate substantial wealth or accolades, and he worked very normal, ordinary jobs. However, he clearly deeply understood the beauty of the daily presence of the Lord and his promises in our lives. He faithfully worshiped God by writing thousands of poems in his free time. He knew God is faithful in the ordinary day to day.

I can hardly think of God’s faithfulness without humming some of the beautifully simple lines of the refrain:

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!

It is God’s faithfulness that allows us to trust he is who he says he is, and will do what he says he will do. It is his faithfulness that will not allow him to ever go back on his Word. It is in faithfulness that we see the eternal longevity of God’s goodness.

Hebrews 6:18-19 describes it this way: “God did this [in making a promise to Abraham] so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”

This spring we covered how God is unchanging. God’s faithfulness flows from his unchanging character. What he says he will do, he must do, and cannot not do. Incredible, isn’t it? And incredibly different and set apart than you and me!

God’s words are the final standard of truth. They are the standard from which truth is created and endure the weight of eternity. Hebrews 6:18 is telling us it is impossible for God to lie, so his promises must hold true. We can trust God will always do what he says he will do!

With this in mind, we can hold unswervingly to the hope we have throughout all circumstances. True faith is trusting our reward is coming, that Christ is coming, the resurrection is coming, and one day this world will be set right in the light of God’s love and glory. We can live day in and day out steadfast and grounded that Christ will return and all will be well again in this broken world.

We live by faith in the light of God’s faithfulness when we rest in the promises of God, “looking forward to the city with foundations, who architect and builder is God.” (Hebrews 11:10)

The lives we live we live by faith, rejoicing in all circumstances, “for now we see through a glass dimly, but then we shall see face to face: Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” (1 Corinthians 13:12)  The time is coming when we will no longer need to live by faith. This life is our one chance to walk by faith and not by sight! We can do this by trusting in the faithfulness of God and by reflecting on ways we have seen him be faithful.

This week join me in asking God to reveal his faithfulness to you and to me. Think about how April’s story called  Releasing My Daughter points to our faithful God. Let’s worship him out of the delight in our souls!

Drenched in His Love,

Emma

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