“Your promise still stands – great is Your faithfulness.”
This phrase is uttered under the best of circumstances and is more difficult to speak when the world around you seems to be crashing in. In the darkness of our fallen world and in the midst of suffering taking a step back and reminding ourselves of the promises of God can be difficult. However, in these moments it is needed more than ever. God never speaks without acting nor promises without fulfilling – this gives immense comfort in times of trial.
This song begins with a nod to the story of Israel and their battle with the city of Jericho. “Walking around these walls, I thought by now they’d fall, but You have never failed me yet.” I would imagine the people of Israel were very confused at how God was working as they were walking around the city walls 7 times. I’m sure those in Jericho were mocking them and teasing their tactics and their God. (as depicted in the Veggie Tales telling of this story – I’m almost positive the Israelites didn’t have grape slushies thrown at them, but who knows, I wasn’t there.) I’m sure it was getting hard to remind themselves of the promises of God and remind themselves of God’s faithfulness in the past. These people had wandered in the desert for 40 years and now have to fight their way into the land that God is giving them. But nonetheless they continued to march on. They continued to follow the commands of God even when they could not imagine how God was going to work.
Now today we don’t often conquer cities and wander the desert for 40 years, but we lose our jobs, we suffer with chronic pain and illness, we lose loved ones to that sickness, we go through divorce, we lose children to miscarriage and sudden deaths, we are ridiculed by the world because we act differently than the world. The world is still feeling the effects of sin and death, but here’s the good news – in the midst of our suffering we can be positive that there is hope in the dark because the dark is not our hope! God has conquered sin and death and one day “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)
When we cannot begin to understand how God is moving in our current circumstances God is calling us to look to Scripture for God’s promises. Look to Scripture for God’s peace. Look to Scripture for God’s future. Look to Scripture to remind ourselves of the unbelievable character of our God – the God who has created us and is working towards the renewal of all things. Look to Scripture to remind ourselves that we’ve “seen [God] move” and to help ourselves believe that we will “see [Him] do it again.”