It’s hard to believe that 2019 is coming to a close. It’s cliché but this year has flown by. I’ve been trying to take some moments here and there to reflect on the journey on which God has brought my wife and I these last twelve months. When I stop and think about it, I am amazed and overwhelmed at what God has done in our lives. He has seen us through quite a whirlwind of emotions, from finishing my first semester of seminary, to welcoming a son into the world, to selling our house in Florida, to moving to Pennsylvania, to breaking ground on building a new home in a new state! It has been quite a ride, to say the least. But through it all, what has stuck with me, is just that God is faithful.
It feels as though that has been lesson I have been learning for several years now: God’s interminable faithfulness. I can buck, I can stumble, I can fail — and I do those things quite well — but God loves me with a patient, faithful, unending love. He sustains. He supports. He nourishes. Even when I’m complaining and moping and distrusting, he persists in his mercy for me. There have been so many times throughout the last few years, and this past year especially, when I have been brought to my wit’s end, unsure and uneasy about the path forward. As I have sought to follow God with my life, it hasn’t always been a pretty picture. But despite all that, God has been faithful. Indeed, great is his faithfulness.
Such is what I am banking on next year, too. Though I certainly haven’t mastered this “faith” thing, I am confident that God will bring me through regardless what the next year has in store. He will meet needs and exceed expectations, because that’s what he does. He’s the God of abundant supply, of absolute pardon, and of unlimited grace. And I am so incredibly thankful he has chosen to save me and use me to minister his Word to others.
Because of the Lord’s faithful love we do not perish, for his mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness! (Lam 3:22–23)