“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.
I don't want to write this to rail on the Christians who seem to talk out of both sides of their mouths. I've heard "the Lord provides" and "how much do you have in reserves?" all in one conversation.
“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!
We live in an affluent community, where people have spent their lives depending on their own ability to accumulate wealth. But we are young, and we long to learn the lesson of the ages: to live dependent on God like the George Muellers of the past. We want to be in a place where we trust that God will meet our needs, just enough for each day. We daily wait in anticipation for our manna in the wilderness.
"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.
Fifteen months into this marriage thing, and we have been utterly blown away by the way the Lord constantly reminds us of his nearness. From the silliest thing like a well-timed free cell phone to a one way ticket to a life we are still dreaming up, he is close and always brings peace. We are grateful for the things we have, but we choose not to depend on things.
"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!"
People always say God loves to bless his children. I think it's true, but we have to trust that God knows what blessing we need more than we do. It may be dangerous to pray, "God's will be done," when Lord knows we don't need the American dream. Being dependent, and seeing him come through for us time and time again, may be the greatest blessing of all.
"Great is Thy Faithfulness" © 1923. Ren. 1951 Hope Publishing Co., Carol Stream, IL 60188 Source
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