consistent loyalty in extenuating circumstances

F A I T H F U L 
-remaining loyal or steadfast
-reliable
-true to the facts

Faithfulness is the concept of unfailingly remaining loyal to someone or something and putting that loyalty into consistent practice regardless of extenuating circumstances.

We often throw phrases around and lose touch with the depth of the reality we’re speaking… “God is love, God is good, God is faithful.” A few days ago, as I was spending some time with the Lord, I was listening to this song that repeated the word “faithful” over and over again. I was struck by the phrase…as any good theologian does, I googled the word. (No, I didn’t do an in depth word study…sorry!) These definitions above struck me. In the last few years, and especially in 2020, we need this reminder of the reality of God’s faithfulness. He is loyal to us consistently, regardless of the extenuating circumstances we are in.

On one of the final days of my time at debriefing, we were given the gift of an hour of lectio devina. Lectio devina is a practice of reading scripture in prayer and meditation with various phases. During my time, I felt lead to listen to music as opposed to meditating on a passage of scripture. At the beginning of quarantine I stumbled upon some worship videos on YouTube that have been really sweet in my devotional times. You can check them out here.

I was struck by the words being sung…

“What do I lack that hasn’t been given?
What do I need that You won’t supply?
You feed the sparrow, You clothe the lily
They do not worry, so neither will I
You are faithful God

There is a love that’s already given
There is a grace that I could not earn
You pour out mercy, morning by morning
Your goodness covers me all of my days”

As I continue on in this journey, I cling to these words. This season has been filled with grief, pain, heartbreak, and being completely uprooted. But I know my God is faithful…He will supply every need and be faithful in these extenuating circumstances.

And I am thrilled about the healing God has given, so grateful for the clarity, and completely excited about these next steps!

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