Aren’t you all as thankful as I am for the great reminder yesterday of our faithful, merciful, loving God? Thanks, Josh, for serving us so greatly through the sermon. For those of you who missed, I urge you to download the sermon!
Josh mentioned a hymn which came to mind as he meditated on the faithfulness of God: “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.” I thought it would be helpful to look into the story behind the hymns. Fortunately, Bob Kauflin over at the Worship Matters blog has already written a post on that very thing. Thanks, Bob, for making my job easier! You can access the whole story by clicking here.
A couple of things stand out:
Kauflin points out that
There’s no tragic story (think “It Is Well” by Horatio Spafford) associated with this hymn. It’s just the fruit of a faithful man with a simple faith in a faithful God.
Sometimes it is in the steady day to day walking with God that our admiration and appreciation for Him grows– not always through a sudden, striking tragic event.
Also, God is very often pleased to use the small, weak, insignificant people in the world to accomplish great things. (Think of 1 Corinthians 1:27–“But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong.”) Consider how many Christians have been comforted and solaced by Chisholm’s words! Yet Chisholm himself was, by the world’s standards, a nobody. Chisholm wrote at age 75
“My income has not been large at any time due to impaired health in the earlier years which has followed me on until now. Although I must not fail to record here the unfailing faithfulness of a covenant-keeping God and that He has given me many wonderful displays of His providing care, for which I am filled with astonishing gratefulness.”
Obscure Christian, be encouraged: God sees, and he will use you in great and unexpected ways, ways which the world may never take note of.
Read Kauflin’s post, and be encouraged by the faithfulness of our loving God!