Steadfast Love

By: Jack McCall

Lamentations 3:22-23

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness.

 

Even though I believe this scripture to be true, I have to admit how much I take God’s mercy and faithfulness for granted.

A few years ago I chose a new doctor who was about my age. There's not always a lot of time to spend getting to know a new doctor; in fact, it can take a number of visits for both a patient and a doctor to get beyond the basics. Prior to my first visit with Dr. Tom, the Lord put it on my heart to ask him about his faith. I said I would but then chickened out. My blood results were borderline and left Dr. Tom concerned. He said he wanted me back for more blood work in three months.

Prior to the second round of blood tests, the Lord put it on my heart again to ask Dr. Tom about his faith. I made a promise this time to be faithful to God's request no matter the cost. My doctor entered the room with my new blood results and didn't appear too happy. I said, "The news must not be too good." He said, "On the contrary; I don't believe what I'm seeing. Everything looks normal now." I said, "Are you a man of faith?" "What?" he asked. I said, "You seem like a spiritual man to me." He said, “The spirit I believe in is something I can drink from a glass; no I'm not really a man of faith."

Wow! Where was God taking me? Had I been sent on a mission? I didn't have the answers to those questions, but I knew that I was called to be faithful as God is faithful. If we are to be one with him as he is one with us, faithfulness is mandatory; another learning lesson for me. I probably wouldn't have had to go back for two blood tests had I done what I was sent to do the first time.

 

TAKE THE CHALLENGE: Is faithfulness something I expect from God but don't expect to return? If we have received a commission from Jesus to be disciples, how are we living it out?