Prayer for the day
Hear, O Shepherd of Israel, leading Joseph like a flock; shine forth, you that are enthroned upon the cherubim.
Scripture for the day
How often have we failed in our desire for faithfulness? Faithfulness, that quality of not turning to the right or left regardless of the oppositions, impediments, or attractions along the way, is something we fail in most regularly. We are fickle, thoughtless creatures unable to embody faithfulness without some external motivation.
Yet the God we serve remains faithful. THe book of Jeremiah is in many ways a tale of woe, oracles of doom against the sinful people of God who have abandoned their God. Yet in the midst of this faithlessness, God continues to hold these people close. He insists that He is not finished with the people of God. He has not abandoned them as they have done to Him, but instead, God continues His affections by saying that there will come a day when He will gather His people together. He will bring them from every nation and call them together again as His people. Their reputation will be restored, and they will be again the people of God!
God’s faithfulness is clearly seen in the first chapter of the book of Hebrews, as well, when the story of the Son’s descent to earth and His saving work are clearly told. Christ is the picture, the very person, of God’s faithfulness, the one who shows the exact nature of God, the one who embodies God’s faithfulness. Christ is the gift of God who shows us that though we fail, God never does. Though we cannot be faithful, Christ is the faithfulness of God and continues to reveal the nature of the Father to us perfectly.
We would do well to follow the one who is the faithfulness of God. Only in him do we find our hope.