Day 4 – An Unfailing Union
Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. – Psalm 73:26
In each of our lives, we all reach a points where we are left hurting because something or someone we thought we could trust has let us down, failing to live up to what we had expected. These can be from smaller moments of something failing us, like our coffeemaker or our phone. We also have experienced more profoundly disheartening moments where we are let down by a friend or a loved one.
As this musical verse from “Amazing Grace” and the Scripture verse from Psalm 73 tell us, even our heart and flesh will fail us. As we continue to recognize the brokenness of the world we live in, it is clear to see that sin has had far-reaching effects on everything within the world we live in. We don’t live in the perfect and sinless world that God created. Because we live in a world marred by sin, we must recognize that in the same way we always fall short of reaching God within our own power, all things in this world will also experience failure and brokenness, causing us to be effected, even indirectly by the inadequacy of our world.
It is in these times, when we see so clearly the failings that surround us, that the unfailing nature of Christ shines through so brightly. Even when our very bodies begin to fail, God’s strength and His portion perfectly remain. Despite our own failings, we have been given, through our union with Christ, “a life of joy and peace.” As believers, we do not strive to make the world a place of unfailing faithfulness, instead, we encounter Jesus, who brings His unfailing faithfulness to us, as a light into a a broken and failing world.
There is no Unfailing Faithfulness apart from Jesus.
Never, at any point, will Christ let us down. He is eternally faithful to who He says that He is. Jesus is the one friend that we can trust in completely with no worry of betrayal or failure. Even in the times when we betray or fail Him, He stands firm in His unfailing faithfulness toward His Bride, the Church.
Action Step: Read Psalm 33:20-21. What does this teach us about how we should respond to God’s unfailing love toward us? Ask yourself what, other than Jesus, you may be putting your hope in. To close, spend time in prayer, asking God to move your heart toward putting your trust and faith in Him, and Him alone.