Theme for 2021

GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS!

 

Lamentations 3:22-23

Verse 22  

The LORD’S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail.

Verse 3:23 

They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.

 

A few years ago our annual theme was “Faithful.” The challenge in that theme was to examine our personal commitment to God as stewards of all that He has entrusted to us. The test of a good steward (servant) is whether they are continually about doing the Master’s work?

“In this case, moreover, it is required of a stewards that one be found trustworthy (faithful).” 1 Cor. 4:2

Though we strive to be good stewards, our own faithfulness pales in comparison to the faithfulness of our Heavenly Father. Romans 8:28 tells us that He is constantly working all things for our good and for the good of “all who love Him and are called according to His purpose.”

I know that most of us have experienced times of great concern in 2020. There have been times when you may have wondered if there was hope in the midst of this pandemic and the economic, political and social crises that we and our world have faced throughout the year.

If you are a believer, however, you do have reason to hope and confidence to go on. A christian finds their confidence in the fact that God never stops being God. He continues to provide what we need for each new day.

Our theme for 2021 found in the book of Lamentations chapter 3:22,23 is intended to remind us of that truth; “His loving kindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail.”

Loving kindnesses are the continued undeserved mercies that God provides to an undeserving people. God is a gracious God even in the midst of the trials of living in a fallen world.

Compassions refer to His intimate personal care and nurture. Just as a mother cares for her own children, God continually demonstrates His tender care toward each of us in very personal ways.

Further we see that these kindnesses and compassion are “new,” “fresh,” every morning. Each new day God gives us the grace and nurture necessary in whatever circumstances we are going through.

When the author, likely the prophet Jeremiah, wrote this book he was looking over the city of Jerusalem left in ruins after Babylonian defeat and captivity. His heart is broken to the point he cries out “How” or “Alas” when he sees the suffering of his people amidst the devastation brought on by their enemies.

Much of the book of Lamentation is the graphic description of this pain and suffering and it’s impact upon the prophet. He examines it’s causes recognizing the consequences of godless rebellion and in the midst of these horrible, impossible circumstances Isaiah finds consolation as he “recalls” his reasons for hope:

“The Lord’s lovingkindesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail.” “They are new every morning. Great is Your faithfulness.” v. 22,23

In verse 24 he continues; “The Lord is my portion, says my soul, Therefore I have hope in Him.”

We may never understand all of the ways in which a fallen world leads to pain and suffering in this life, but we can have confidence in both this life and the life to come that “God is working all things together for good” and there will never be a day that goes by when His kindnesses will cease or His compassions will fail.

I would encourage each of you to commit this verse to memory and hold on to it as Jeremiah did in the hope of God’s never failing love.