Today I shared this very timely message with the families at Jubilee, and I knew it needed to be shared again. God can be trusted to be faithful to who He IS!
Good Morning Jubilee Family,
Well, the calendar says that fall has arrived, but the temperatures outside are not in agreement. Whether it’s the change of seasons, or a reshuffling of our plans and expectations, you and I are surrounded by perpetual transitions – some welcomed, and others we would much rather put off for another time. Yesterday, during our chapel time, we discovered that God is self-existent and unchanging. And God reveals that aspect of Himself through His names, Yaweh (Hebrew) and Jehovah (Latin). We dug in to the book of Exodus, when God spoke to Moses through the burning bush, and let him know that he was going to be the human instrument to free God’s people from slavery in Egypt. When Moses asked by what name he had this authority, God replied, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I am has sent me to you’” (3:14). Not only does our Strong Creator (Elohim) never require assistance to exist, His promises, His power, His presence, and complete provision are unchanging and readily available to you and me.
As I sat to prepare this message for you, a familiar hymn came to mind, “Great is Thy Faithfulness” (Thomas Chisholm). I’ve sung this song quite a bit in my lifetime, but it’s only been in the past five years that I really have taken time to think about the meaning of the words. Like you and I, the author of this hymn knew great disappointment and pain. Due to poor health, he was unable to fulfill his desire to continue as a pastor. Yet, as Chisholm reluctantly accepted a different career path, he continued to think about all the ways God had taken care of him and provided for his needs, in spite of his life taking a different path than he had anticipated. Chisholm would share in his later years, ““My income has not been large at any time due to impaired health in the earlier years which has followed me on until now. Although I must not fail to record here the unfailing faithfulness of a covenant-keeping God and that He has given me many wonderful displays of His providing care, for which I am filled with astonishing gratefulness” (“Great is Thy Faithfulness-The Story Behind the Hymn”, 2012). Wow! What a challenge for each of us! Our focus can be on all that is wrong and all the ways we have been let down, or we can make the choice each day…each moment to live a life that humbly yet confidently says:
“Great Is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father! There is no shadow of turning with Thee; Though 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!” (Chisholm, 1925)