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A Song of God's Faithfulness

O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect
faithfulness, you have done marvelous things, things planned long ago.
Isaiah 25:1

Recently I was reading from my older Bible and noticed several dates from the fall of 2001 written beside different verses. I am confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD (Psalm 27:13-14). I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed (Psalm 57:1). Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck…I am worn out calling for help… (Psalm 69:1, 3). I dated these verses, signifying I was clinging to them in the midst of difficulty.

I grieved as my oldest daughter left for college. The following week, my husband was diagnosed with melanoma. Because of college expenses, it became apparent I would need to work part-time. I was involved in a time-consuming ministry. How could I add anything to my schedule? Then on 9-11 our nation watched in horror as the Twin Towers fell. Our nation plunged into grief. The following week my dog, my sweet companion of 10 years, died. Then a few weeks later a pipe underneath our house leaked, causing the foundation to crack. Initially, the insurance company denied the claim.

I wish I could say that during these difficulties my trust in God never wavered, but the truth is periodically I stumbled into a pit of doubt and despair. Have you ever been there? Are you there now? 

In that pit I cried out to God, clinging to His promises. In the darkness of the pit, His faithfulness began to shine. He showed me that even though there are times I am faithless, He is always faithful. I learned God is my unshakable foundation amidst any difficulty.

 In His time, God rescued me from the pit. I came out changed with a renewed and deepened song of God’s faithfulness. With certainty I can declare, If we are faithless, He will remain faithful, for He cannot disown Himself. (2 Timothy 2:13)

What about you? Have you learned the song of God’s faithfulness?

Jan Burkhart

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