Great is Thy Faithfulness

“Great is thy Faithfulness” is not the result of some tragic event in Thomas Chisholm’s life but a powerful witness to his daily walk with Jesus as he experienced “morning by morning” new mercies from His Everlasting Father. Just before his death in 1960 he wrote this powerful, personal witness:

“My income has never been large at any time due to
impaired health in the earlier years which has followed me
on until now. But I must not fail to record here the
unfailing faithfulness of a covenant keeping God and that He
has given me many wonderful displays of His providing care
which have filled me with astonishing gratefulness.”
[SOURCE: Kenneth W. Osbeck, Amazing Grace: 366
Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions (Grand Rapids:
Kregel Publications, 1990), 348.]

What Chisholm testified to in his life concerning the faithfulness of a covenant keeping God is true all throughout Scripture.  We find this same faithfulness of God continuing to send, even when Israel failed in their mission.

And now the Lord says,

he who formed me from the womb to be his servant,

       to bring Jacob back to him;

and that Israel might be gathered to him—

       for I am honored in the eyes of the Lord,

and my God has become my strength—

    he says:

       “It is too light a thing that you should be my servant

to raise up the tribes of Jacob

and to bring back the preserved of Israel;

       I will make you as a light for the nations,

that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.” (Isaiah 49: 5,6)

 Why is the Servant here called Israel? This cannot refer to the nation because the Servant is to draw that nation back to God. The Messiah is called Israel because He fulfills what Israel should have done. [1]

Thank God that he remains faithful, even when we are faithless.  The truth is, He cannot deny himself. In spite of Israel’s messing up, God still sent the Messiah.  God really wants his face to shine upon us and for us as his people to be witnesses to the Messiah who has come.  However, just as God continued to use people outside of Israel to proclaim the Messiah, so he will use others to reach the world if we choose to do nothing.  God is faithful and will continue to reach out in his faithfulness to find willing vessels.  Lord, help us to be willing, faithful vessels.

[1] Martin, J. A. (1985). Isaiah. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 1, p. 1103). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

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