Pastors Ponderings: His Love Endures Forever!

Posted by on Jun 18, 2020 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Moses confronted Pharaoh and led the Israelites out of slavery.  He said God is faithful. 
David defeated a Philistine giant.  He said God is faithful. 
Paul survived shipwrecks and mobs.  He said God is faithful.

What about us?  As we endure “social distancing” under the prevailing risk of this pandemic, can WE say that “God is faithful”?

In this latest in a series of “Pastor’s Ponderings” during these difficult days, Pastor Jim wrote the following devotional to remind us that God’s love endures forever, and His faithfulness reaches even to us. 

 

Greetings Friends:
 
PLEASE READ: Psalms 100

“Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”

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Psalms 100:5 says,  
For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness  continues through all generations.” 

What a beautiful verse to hold on to and memorize so that it becomes part of us!  The same God who was with Noah, with Joseph, with Moses, with Miriam, with Joshua, with Deborah, with David, with Esther, with Mary, with Peter, with Paul, and all the Saints throughout  Church History, is with YOU and ME!  Isn’t that truth just overwhelming?!

No matter what’s going on in our lives or the world God is the midst of the circumstances and more importantly God is with us!  Think about it for a moment: the same God who spoke to Noah and Abraham, the same God who spoke to Esther and Mary speaks to you and me!  The same God who journeyed with the people of faith in the Bible (as Hebrews 11 and many other passages suggest) journey’s with you and me.  Absolutely amazing!

Sometimes I fear that many are becoming spiritually drained by all that life presents us.  Rather than walking tall and strong in the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, some allow fear, anger, confusion, impatience, or pessimism to direct their thinking. Why not trust God in all circumstances, serving Him and making a positive difference in the world, walking in the victorious faith Christ has achieved for us?

Sisters and Brothers, please consider and reconsider these words:

  • that God’s mercy is everlasting” (Lamentations 3:22-24).

  • As God and Moses are having an encounter Exodus 34:6 says,
    The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.”  

  • The Old Testament prophet Zephaniah writes,
    Morning by morning he dispenses his justice, and every new day he does not fail…”  (Zephaniah 3:5b).  

What confidence that gives us as we journey here on earth knowing that our “God is an awesome God, He reigns….with wisdom, power, and love, our God is an awesome God,” as we often sing!  And because God is awesome, loving, caring, just, merciful and faithful, we can in turn, be faithful trusting Him in each and every circumstance of life. 

    • I love what Ezra 3:11 says, “With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the LORD: He is good; his love to Israel endures forever. And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the LORD….” 

    • The psalmist expresses the same words in Psalms 106:1, “Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.

Friends, trusting and praising God everyday opens the door so we can stand tall, live confidently, and make a positive difference in the world. Each day we can continue moving into an exciting future journeying along the path which is paved with God’s promises. The psalmist wrote, “For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness  continues through all generations” (Psalms 100:5).

Shalom,

Pastor Jim

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