It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Thy faithfulness. Lam. 3:22-23
Recently we had an earthquake in our region. I woke up a few minutes before it was supposed to have occurred at 5:36 a.m. My husband had gone to get his shower. I got out of bed to close a window. We didn’t know an earthquake had even happened until we were watching the news as we were preparing for work.
As I was walking into the kitchen to get coffee, an old hymn came to my mind so clear, "Great is Thy Faithfulness." Then as I was getting ready for work, verses from Psalm 91:9-10 came to my heart: "If you make the Most High your dwelling - even the Lord, who is my refuge; then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come to your tent."
I cannot doubt that God protected the homes of many people in this region from disaster because there had been a lot of talking from those who were suddenly awakened to shaken beds. A man from our office said he was literally thrown out of his!
But nothing shook the foundation of our home and no harm came to our dwelling place. I have to say, “Great is the faithfulness of the Lord.” The Psalmist David spoke of the faithfulness of the Lord when he said:
I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread. Ps. 37:25
My heart is warmed when I think of another time when God was faithful to our family. My father pastored a small church in Cumberland, Kentucky, and the parsonage where we lived sat right behind the church on the banks of the Cumberland River. My brother and I were small children at the time. Mom was two months away from giving birth to a baby sister for my brother and me. I remember the rain pouring down as the river began to rise. My parents became concerned that the parsonage was going to be flooded so they took us up the mountain to a faithful member’s home where we stayed until it was safe to return. The next day Dad told us that the back steps to the parsonage had been washed away. We could watch from our back porch as the belongings and furniture of many unfortunate people floated by. But the Lord was faithful to our family to protect us from any harm whatsoever.
Down through the ages men and women failed God and were anything but faithful, but God could not and would not fail them. He is just the same today and refuses to turn His back on one of His children. No matter how much we feel we’ve sinned, no matter how far we feel we’ve taken things, no matter how far away we’ve wandered, He is there at any moment and longs to hear us call out His name in prayer.
For the Lord your God is a merciful God; He will not abandon or destroy you . . . . Dt. 4:31 (NIV)
Father, thank you for your wonderful love and faithfulness to us. We bow our hearts in humble adoration to You for all that You do day after day after day. You never let us down. You never treat us harshly. You never abandon us when we’re in need. Where would we be without You? I can say that we would be helpless and alone. Thank You for caring for our ever need, for protecting us in the face of disaster, for standing with us when we have no one. For being our closest friend. For hearing us call Your name when we feel alone. Honor and blessing and glory be unto Your name. Amen.
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