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Saturday, February 18, 2017

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In Sunday Worship Service this week, we sang this beautiful hymn, a hymn of praise to our God and our Heavenly Father. As I listened to the words, I thought back upon my faith journey through the months of marital discord, separation, and ultimately the unwanted divorce. I remembered the pain, the sense of betrayal and abandonment, the loss of my best friend and companion, the loss of her touch and smile. I thought of the shame I suffered, as I was raised to believe that marriage is a life-long commitment. As our marriage vows stated… “until parted by death,” a part of our vows that talks about physical death, NOT the death of a broken relationship and friendship, ending in divorce.
I personally have experienced both: the loss of my first wife to physical death, and now the loss of my second wife to the death of our relationship and friendship. Each were equally painful, life altering, and accompanied by much grief. Through this journey, I found Jesus Christ. He has become my source of comfort and encouragement. Through it all, He has been faithful, ever faithful.

Let us look at excerpts of the lyrics written below. For one who is walking with Jesus through marital problems, these lyrics state the obvious: our God is faithful.

Great is Thy faithfulness, oh 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!

… Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
And all I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness,
Great is Thy faithfulness,
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

From God’s Word, we find the following verses of reassurance:

…because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”  Hebrews 13:5b

Then the LORD came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the LORD. And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin.”  Exodus 34:5-7a

I will praise you, Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples. For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.  Psalm 57:9-11

For the word of the Lord is upright, And all His work is done in faithfulness.  Psalm 33:4 (NASB)

These are just a few passages speaking about God’s faithfulness. Understand this: God was here yesterday, is here today, and He will be here tomorrow. As stated above, He is never changing, forever faithful!

The chorus mentions God’s mercies are made manifest to us each morning as we awaken. In like manner, God in His faithfulness has provided all our daily needs. So the author states… ‘“Great is Thy faithfulness,” Lord unto me!’ The last stanza states in part… ‘Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!’ That is what we need: strength and hope to face each new day, accepting God’s blessings as we daily tackle our marriage problems. Again, we sing… ‘Great is Thy faithfulness!’ declaring that our God is faithful and can be trusted always.

God IS faithful in all things. When our lives become dysfunctional, He is our Counselor, our Advocate, our Comforter. Draw close to God as you face your trials and He will draw close to you. Read His Word, pray to Him, and listen for His soft voice. God loves you with a love that never stops or runs out. He will always be there for you in your time of need. Lean on Him for He is your Heavenly Father.

In my own personal beliefs, I see my Heavenly Father as my Good Daddy. It is a relationship that denotes a closeness of family, God’s family, not a relationship that is remote and uncaring about me. I sense my Good Daddy reaching down to me and taking my hand as He pulls me up onto His lap. There in the closeness as I sit on my Heavenly Father’s lap, I have no worries or fears. My cares become His cares as He comforts me. There, I can feel His unquenchable love for me. I remember how Jesus took my sins upon His body, dying for me on Calvary’s cross. I was buried with Christ, and then resurrected to a new life just as He was resurrected. Christ has given me the gift of eternal life with Him in heaven.

Furthermore, safe in the arms of my Good Daddy and when the time is right, I can lean my head against His chest and hear the soft, yet strong, beat of God’s heart. God is Love, and He shows us that love as He shares His heart with us. He is forever faithful, giving us the gift of eternal life.

Think back to your own journey during those trying times in your marriage. Remember the times that God has comforted you and dried your tears. He is truly faithful. And we can truly declare… ‘Great is Thy faithfulness!’ as we praise and worship Him, each day, every day.

Great is Thy faithfulness!

Standing firm on the marriage vows my wife and I exchanged so long ago until such time that we are parted by death.

Ben in Texas

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