As I contemplate the graces I have received, two scriptures come to mind. I hear the words from the book of Lamentations saying to me that through God’s mercies I will not be consumed, because God’s compassion does not fail. In fact, God’s compassions are new every morning. The Scripture adds a strong statement of faith . . . “Great is Your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23).
The other scripture is from the book of James, and is so comforting.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
I cannot help but recall the words of the beloved hymn, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.”
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!
When things are out of kilter for me, I find that I rest on the assurance that the God who watches over me is one in whom there is no variableness nor shadow of turning. I am assured of God’s unfailing faithfulness, that God’s compassion does not fail. No matter what assails me, from my illness to a variety of other losses, that assurance has been enough.
Listen to this hymn at: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hv_a4v6b3QI