Is God Faithful?

Encouraged 21

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end;

they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,

“therefore I will hope in him.”

~ Lamentations 3:22-24

There is a lot going on in the life of the church today.  More people than ever are being diagnosed with cancer.  Covid has shut down our landscape and continues to dominate the national news cycle.  Politics are raging, and leaders are calling the opposing side corrupt, liars, and frauds.  Unemployment is at one of the highest points in our nation’s history, and as government subsidies begin to stop, people are at risk of losing their homes.

Lamentations is a book that was written during a time when Israel was being ushered away by the invading babylonians.  During this time, women and children were killed, starved, and brutally tortured.  Despite our current circumstances, they don’t compare to the circumstances happening in Israel at the time this was written.  Yet, Jeremiah proclaims the love of the Lord, His steadfastness, His mercies, His faithfulness, and His hope given to us.

It’s easy to lose ourselves in our circumstances, especially when things get hard.  Sickness, disease, and the stresses of the world will prevail in this world until Christ comes again.  Death will prevail in these bodies, but for those in Christ it will not consume us.  We will live forever, and that is the hope of the Lord.  For us, Christian, eternal life and the blessings of God right now show us the effectual love of God.  The fact that this promise endures shows us the steadfastness of the Lord.  The fact that our mistakes cannot keep us from experiencing this show us the mercies of God and His faithfulness to His promises.  He is a good God in every situation, even those that don’t make sense; even those that hurt.

Don’t let sickness consume you.  Don’t let politics divide you.  Don’t let hardship keep you from realizing that God is with you, His faithfulness is sure, and He is in control.  Let Him be your portion, not the media, and hope in Him, not the government.

Be Encouraged! 

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Pastor Chris Ridler

Pastor Chris is married to his beautiful wife Becky and has a precious son named Noah. Chris received his Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern State University and is currently working on his Master’s of Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary. Chris has served in full time ministry for over 13 years – as either a Youth Pastor, Worship Pastor or House Parent and is passionate about seeing people grow in their walk with Christ and disciple others for the glory of God’s kingdom.

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