Saturday October 25, 2014

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The faithfulness of God

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Dear Friends as we enter a new year, I am reminded of the faithfulness of God. He truly has been faithful. In the Old Testament book of the Bible, Lamentations, the author writes -Through the Lord's mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not, they are new every morning; Great is your faithfulness.

It is striking that Jeremiah the writer consoles himself with God's mercy, as he gazes on the rubble of a nation under divine judgment. We see the context from the book of 2 Chronicle chapter 36: 15-21. There is a stark irony here, when he says God's mercies are new every morning. The word for "mercy" describes God's character to us. It incorporates His covenant of compassion, expressed in His consuming commitment to bring us into everlasting Communion with Himself. In this text, "mercy" describes God's acute, emotional yearning for a wayward people. In noting how God's mercies are new every morning, I believe the above verse suggests we need His mercies more often than we think, whether we feel weak or strong.

History records when Hugh Latimer was preaching one day in the presence of King Henry VIII, he reports that he said to himself, "Latimer! Latimer! Remember that the king is here; be careful what you say." Then he said to himself, "Latimer! Latimer! Remember that the King of kings is here; be careful what you do not say." For such unflinching faithfulness Latimer was eventually burned at the stake. But He feared failing God more than he feared offending men.

Let me end with the quote from Oswald Chambers "God has not called us to success but to faithfulness."


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