Visiting with a friend who recently had a baby, I sat marveling at ten brand new little toes. Every one a miracle.
“God is so faithful!” I told the precious one’s mother as we shared smiles and mutual awe.
Later that night, that comment came back to me, and I began to wonder about it. There is no doubt in my mind that God is faithful—but is it possible that I misunderstand His faithfulness?
What I mean is, do I equate God’s faithfulness with the way He does (or does not) meet my expectations of Him? The baby that slumbered in that living room was a miracle I prayed for; several people prayed for. And a beautiful expression of the way God provides.
But what if He hadn’t? Would I still be able to face her mother with the same words?
Lamentations 3:22-24 says, “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”
Life begins—and ends—with His love.
We are not consumed or defined by the sin in our lives. Christ died to satisfy the ransom that was on us so that we might gain access to God, without blemish. If He never did anything else for us, would that alone not demonstrate His faithfulness?
And yet every morning, in addition, we receive new mercies. New blessings; new beginnings; new hope; new understanding. Whether they are in the form—or time—that we ask, they undeniably carry evidence of His love, because they are blessings that go above and beyond the definition of faithfulness alone.
“All I have needed, Thy Hand hath provided. Great is Thy Faithfulness, Lord, unto me.”