A hymn that I’ve been claiming lately is Great is Thy Faithfulness. Call me old fashioned but I really enjoy singing the traditional hymns in worship. This simple hymn points to God’s constant faithfulness, mercy, provision, grace, love, and blessings.
Self-employment has its advantages, but it also has its disadvantages. One of the disadvantages is that business can be inconsistent and unpredictable. When you’re facing a time of uncertainty due to career change, job loss, divorce, financial trouble, slow business, illness, or whatever the case may be, it’s easy to overlook God’s constant faithfulness. I’ve been singing this hymn daily as a reminder to myself that God is faithful in ways that I typically forget.
If you’re in a job search, career transition, or some other kind of personal or professional transition, keep reminding yourself that God truly does know your every need. He’s even aware of the needs you have that you’re not aware of, and it’s easy to take His provisions for granted. He hasn’t forgotten you, even if you think He doesn’t hear your prayers. He hears them, receives them, and answers them with a Yes, No, and wait. Waiting for His provision, especially a new job, is always the most trying and stressful.
One of the things that I would urge you to not forget, especially if you’re waiting on God’s provision, is that God knows what you need before you can ask for it. He has already taken care of your biggest need, which is GRACE. I know, it’s much easier and natural to focus on the earthly things we desire in the present, therefore we lose site of the fact that we’re going to spend much more time in eternity than we ever will on earth. I don’t wake up in the morning and say, “Lord, I really need your grace today.” I should, but I don’t. More often than not, most of us probably wake up saying, “Lord, I really need for my boss to be out of the office today.” Or “Lord, I really need a new job today.” Or “Lord, I need to sign that big contract today.” Rarely do I honestly wake up saying, “Lord, thank you for the sunrise” or “Thank you for your grace.” (In fact, if I wake up before the sunrise, I’m usually cursing the morning that hasn’t yet come)
If you’re feeling beaten down or feel as if the world is against you, re-think today. Perhaps the WORLD is against you, because as Christians, we are living in a foreign land. What we hope for, and what we receive, can only be given by God, and that is His grace. God has already taken care of that for us. The fact that He provides for us is just an abundance of His blessings and an outward sign of His love and faithfulness to you. You already have what you need. Look to God for the daily blessings and you will find them. Great is God’s faithfulness, day in and day out.
Here’s a reminder of this great poem written by Thomas Chisholm in 1923:
Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father! There is no shadow of turning with Thee; Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not. As Thou has been Thou forever wilt be.
Refrain: Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see; All I have needed Thy hand hath provided. Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me.
Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest, Sun, moon and stars in their courses above. Join with all nature in manifold witness. To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love. (Refrain)
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth, Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide, Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow – Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside! (Refrain)