never.

God has a way of always showing up.

there’s a sensation i experience every time fall starts to roll around – the air grows slightly crisp, it’s cool and dry, and there’s a mild bite and chill to it. it’s a little sentimental. it calls to mind some of the more pleasant experiences of my life – worship retreats, early morning commutes from Lexington to Berea before i started attending church in Lexington. it calls to mind late 2013 when i began working in Lexington, and seeing a girl. it reminds me of when we went to Southland a few times – a church that caught my attention long before i started attending in August of 2016. now, Southland ain’t a perfect church, and/but/so that’s not the point of this post. but i remember feeling something when i went there for the first time. some sense of camaraderie, some sense of community, some sense that made me understand how/why it’s a place that so many people – and of such varying church background – attend.

it reminds me of a weekend i spent with my dad in Ohio a long time ago – probably 2008 – we stayed in a Holiday Inn Express and had coffee at a Borders on a Saturday morning. at the time, i was big into Hillsong United and i heart revolution had just come out, so i was listening to it that morning. it reminds me of football games with my dad; of helping him mow the lawn on Saturdays before asking if i could go inside and watch baseball around 2.

it recalls a few more bitter times, to be sure – i could list them off if i wanted to give them a little more credence, but i won’t at present.

i guess you could say that this fall air gets me thinking about the faithfulness of God a little bit. of, how the song says, all of my life, in every season, He is still God, and i have a reason to sing, a reason to worship. it makes me think of God’s “never” statements.

 

I’ll never leave you. (Josuha 1:5.)

I’ll never forsake you. (also Joshua 1:5.)

I’ll never break my covenant with you. (Judges 2:1.)

I’ll never cast you out. (John 6:37.)

He’s never failed, He’s never abandoned us, He’s never turned His back when we turn ours on Him – in fact, have a look at 2 Timothy 2:13 –

if we are faithless, He remains faithful – 

for He cannot deny Himself.

and theologically, this is the wonder of what God did for us in Christ – He’s put every bit of stock in what Jesus did for us, not what we could do for Him – so even when we’re faithless, He’s faithful because otherwise, He’s denying Himself.

so think of everything He is – Savior, Healer, Provider, Friend, Deliverer, Liberator, Victor – and remember that He can never stop being any of those, it’s who He is and who He will always be.

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