He is faithful
Scripture: Lamentations 3:22, 23
Just over three years ago my family packed up and moved 4 hours away from everything and everyone I have ever known. In the days leading up to the move and the months that followed, I found myself in the midst of a storm. I remember feeling helpless to control my circumstances, alone, and afraid. For so long I have struggled with God’s decision to close the door where we were, and send me away from my friends, my family, my church, and everything that was familiar and comfortable.
In the months and years since we’ve moved, as distance always does, those who I have loved, ministered to and with, those who are dear to me, we have grown apart and my loneliness has only increased. It has been in the midst of this loneliness and heartache that God has demonstrated a truth that I will never forget: He is faithful and true in the midst of the storm and when we are all alone. Scripture paints this picture of God: 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 ESV).
The writer of Lamentations had his fair share of heartache and loneliness as Jeremiah would witness the destruction of Jerusalem and the exile of the Hebrew people. Even in the midst of the chaos, heartbreak, and destruction because of the faithlessness of the nation of Israel, Jeremiah was reminded and was reminding the people that God was still faithful. Today if you are feeling hopeless, alone, if you feel like no one cares or understands, know that Jesus does. May the words of the hymn Great is Thy Faithfulness remind us that God is always faithful and true:
“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!