“The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.” Psalm 103:8
“But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: 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 3:21-24
It has been almost two months since we heard the news about Anna that turned our life upside down. Just three and a half weeks ago, our life was turned upside down again when our sweet Anna went to be with our dear Lord. So much changed in our life during that time. We were not sure what any aspect of our life would look like in the following days and weeks. Few things were constant.
But one thing never changed. The steadfastness of Christ remained during all of that time. And it remains today. He is faithful. He never changes. These verses in Lamentations are very precious to me. They were written at a time when everything was going wrong. These words declaring God’s constancy and faithfulness were not framed in rosy circumstances when the world was all that it ought to be. Suffering and deep pain were the background for the proclamation of glorious truth.
I think suffering can often be one of the most effective backgrounds for the declaration of God’s faithfulness. We see that in Paul’s life. We see it in Job’s life. And most of all, we see it in the life of our Lord when He is in the Garden of Gethsemane. The sharp contrast of the turmoil of life in suffering and the testimony of the goodness of God shows Christ to be the wonder that He is.
My suffering can be the stage where Christ is magnified. We must remember that ‘magnified’ in this sense is not making Jesus look bigger than He is, but showing Him to be who He truly is. We cannot glorify Jesus more than He deserves. In our suffering, we cannot declare Him to be too faithful. He is exceedingly abundantly above all that we could ask or imagine. He is steadfast and unchanging.
Our life circumstances are not all we wish them to be. We miss our daughter every day. Having more children seems far away today. But I know that Jesus is abundantly precious in a way that I did not know two months ago. He is using this to show me that He is worth more than anything else in this world. And I pray that through our lives, He shows the world His greatness and glory. He is steadfast. And He will always be.