Think on These Things thoughts from John…
Have you ever questioned God’s faithfulness? Did you ever think that He has left you or forsaken you? These are questions we sometimes are uncomfortable voicing or admitting. As you contemplate your answer, think of times of disappointment, loneliness, grief or despair. This is when we are most vulnerable to the thought that God had forsaken us. God uses His Word and sometimes a person, a quote, a book or even a hymn to remind us that He is and will always be faithful to His children. One of these classic hymns is my focus on today’s post…
Have you ever wondered why the Almighty God of the universe has offered mankind to partake in His never ending love and faithfulness for all eternity? I have asked myself ‘why’. Why would He want me, the one who forgets Him, sins against Him, and saddens Him all throughout the day. I can only come to one conclusion. He unconditionally loves me and desires to have a relationship with me. But even then, He is always faithful to me even when I am not always faithful to Him.
He continually provides for needs, gives guidance, shows unconditional love. All evidence of His goodness. The refrain is so encouraging, ‘Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth’. He comforts even though it is unwarranted. ‘Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide’ . His presence is cheering and guiding us on. ‘Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow’. When we feel weary and want to pack it in and give up, He wants comes along side and give the strength and hope to continue on.
And finally, ‘Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!’. An encouraging thought that He has a never-ending, treasure trove of blessing already in store just for us. Ah, yes, Great Is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father! What wonderful words to help in these times.
Thanks for listening.
Thomas O. Chisholm (1866-1960) wrote the poem in 1923 about God’s faithfulness over his lifetime. Chisholm sent the song to William Runyan (1870-1957) in Kansas, who was affiliated with both the Moody Bible Institute and Hope Publishing Company. Runyan set the poem to music, and it was published that same year by Hope Publishing Company and became popular among church groups. The song was exposed to wide audiences after becoming popular with Dr. William Henry Houghton of the Moody Bible Institute and Billy Graham, who used the song frequently on his international crusades. Since the middle 20th century, this hymn has been the university hymn of Cairn University which was formerly Philadelphia Biblical University and prior to that Philadelphia College of Bible, founded in 1913. source