Oh the unfathomable faithfulness of God… how completely overwhelmed I am by Him. I’m going to be straight up honest with you here, God has been incredibly and visibly faithful in my life and in the lives of my family members. I am awestruck by the wonder of His majesty and love and care of His children… yet there have been many times when I’ve wondered why God has been so faithful to supply the needs my family has had over the years when others around the world are seemingly destitute. I wonder why God would seem to bless me and not others. My family doesn’t lead a glamorous life by a long shot. Our yearly income is so small most people we know just shake their heads and wonder how on earth my parents have managed to raise 7 children on such a budget. Yet we are so blessed we consider ourselves rich and completely satisfied with what He has blessed us with.
It’s incomprehensible the faithfulness God has shown my family and myself. It’s humbling. It’s challenging. It’s grace.
Growing up I sometimes took God’s activity in our lives for granted because it became so normal, so usual that I didn’t think much of it. It’s like the miracle of Almighty God looking down on us and taking care of our needs became commonplace. So much so that I started to recognize the same spirit in me that the Israelites had after they fled Egypt. That same spirit that made the people look at the bread He gave them when they were hungry and say “Ew, what is this? Heaven bread? I’m tired of it already!”
It’s that spirt that is never satisfied and content with the blessings set before us. It’s what makes us hungry for more more more.
But you know what is crazy? Despite this being a common feature in all of humanity, our Provider still provides for us. He’s still faithful.
Psalm 119:90 says this amazing thing— ”Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast.” Do you get what this means? God isn’t going anywhere, He doesn’t change His mind. He sets something in place and He doesn’t shrug it off. He didn’t create us one day, say He’d take care of us and then shrug us off because we make a fuss or complain too much.
No, He’s faithful despite what we do, because it’s all about His glory and not about what we do. If it were up to us, the earth would be in a lot worse shape than it is. You see that reflected in the world today. The choices we make destroy things, sin breeds death and it shows in all that we see around us. But God had one plan from the very start, He knew that when we failed Him— His son never would. When God sent His only son to die on the cross and take on the sins of the world, it was because He loves us, yes. But it was more than all that. It was because He has this one desire: to see His name lifted high in all nations. He’s God, He can do what He wants and yet He gives us free will and the choice to worship Him or not and He still provides whether we are following Him or not.
As I look back on my short life, I see God moving in ways I never saw when I was living in that moment. So many times we take for granted how much He cares for us. I see Him working in the lives of my friends and family and it looks different than it does in mine. Our God knows us personally, He knows our every need and cry. What’s more, He’s not constrained to time and space, He sees who we were, He sees who we will become and He loves us in our now. Oh how great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father.
“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 wilt 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!
Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!
God’s faithfulness in your life may not look like the faithfulness He shows to others. It may be He provides your every meal, it may be that He gives you the energy to do the work to earn the meal, but He’s faithful.
How has God proved faithful in your life?