There is one walk that David and I took sometime during our college years that stands out in my mind. We were walking out of our apartment complex and onto the sidewalk along Bethel Road in Columbus. He asked me, “What is your favorite attribute of God?”
I was stumped by the question. Are we even allowed to have favorite attributes of God? He, of course, had an answer prepared that he could talk about at length. I cast a few ideas around in my mind and settled on one characteristic that I liked.
I’ve thought about the question fairly frequently over the last several years. There are certain passages of the Bible, certain hymns, certain sermons that seem to hit me harder than others. They all relate to God’s faithfulness.
We have a hymn of the month at my school. For one month last year – November 2015 – the hymn was Great is Thy Faithfulness. I began each day by singing it along with my students. It’s a favorite among our faculty, and we frequently sing it together before the start of the school day. The lyrics tell of God’s faithfulness to provide, his steadfastness, his constancy.
We live in a world that is anything but constant. We’re all looking for security and firm foundations on which to place our feet. We do the best we can to ensure our safety, our health, our financial security. We’re searching for what we can surely depend on.
That’s why I chose “Great is Thy Faithfulness” as the title for this blog. It’s the reminder I need in every area of my life. When I am afraid, when I am trying to find my identity in a myriad of places, when I am weighed down by guilt and shame, when circumstances are overwhelming, when I feel adrift, I know that I have a hope that is an anchor for my soul, firm and secure (Hebrews 6:19). He is faithful when I am not. He is constant in a world that is ever changing. He causes the sun to rise every morning, and he will never leave me or forsake me.
Hebrews 10:23 says, “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” We can trust his promises because we can trust his character. He is faithful, beyond what I can understand. Our hope is sure because he is sure, and his faithfulness is great.