“Great Is Thy Faithfulness”
“Great is thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see; All I have needed thy hand hath provided; Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!”
Amen! Have you ever awakened in the mornings having a song gently singing over and over again inside of your head? I know I do; very often. And, this morning I awoke with the lyrics and music to “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” sweetly singing in my head. It draws me back to my younger days when I attended the First Baptist Church in my hometown. Oh, what a sweet reminder of Jesus’ faithfulness.
Have you ever considered the vast enormity of time that God has been faithful? I fear that we see ourselves and perhaps a generation or two behind us and before us without paying too much attention to the authentic numbers of generations for whom God has been steadfast, true, and faithful!
For instance, in the New Testament Book of Matthew, chapter one, verse seventeen, it reads, “So all the generations from Abraham to (King) David are fourteen generations; and from (King) David until the carrying away (the nation of Israel) into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Jesus Christ are fourteen generations.”
The simple product of 3 x’s 14 =’s 42 generations. Since so many Bible scholars and theologians do not agree on the number of years an exact “biblical” generation refers, I’m not going to delve into the exact number of years. But, I have studied that a “generation” in the Bible can be described anywhere from forty to fifty-two years. If we take our current year of 2012 and divide it by a forty- year- generation calculation, then there has been approximately fifty generations since the birth of Christ…. Add our current approximate fifty generations to the forty-two generations back to Abraham…that’s an approximate 92 generations!! Wow!!
My main point is NOT to pinpoint the number of years in a generation, or the approximate number of generations, but to focus upon and pinpot God’s Faithfulness to ALL generations!!! “Great Is Thy Faithfulness!”
As I mentioned earlier, we engulf and surround ourselves with the concerns and issues of our own generation; or the two or three before and after…Yet, God has been dealing with countless numbers of people and nations throughout ALL generations along with their many, many issues daily encountered and faced! So, ask yourself this question, “What makes us think that God cannot handle our situations and issues?” I mean, it’s not like He hasn’t seen them somewhere down the road before! The scriptures plainly state:
9What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 1:9 NIV)
GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS!
There are days and times when we need to simply “REST” our little weary minds and allow God to do what HE does best….BE GOD!! I once had a pastor who liked to use this saying, “We, being mortal humans, are like little pick-up trucks trying to carry tantrum truck loads; eventually our tires will go flat!”
Today, let’s pause for a moment to PRAISE GOD FOR HIS FAITHFULNESS TO ALL GENERATIONS… In doing so, it should allow our many worries, anxieties, and concerns to diminish and fade into the background as we experience the loving presence and peace of an all-knowing, loving, and most successful God who orchestrates and conducts our lives. (Romans 8:28 and Philippians 4:19)
“Morning by morning new mercies I see; All I have needed thy hand hath provided; GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS unto me!”
Hope Publishing Co; copyright 1923; T.O. Chisholm (words,) W.M. Runyan (tune)
Today, it is my prayer that you will ENJOY YOUR DAY IN THE LORD and GOD’S FAITHFULNESS!
Remember, God Loves YOU!
Lin T. Rollins, Author