The temple destroyed . . . God’s people captive . . . distress of every kind on every hand . . .
Those are the conditions under which the writer of Lamentations 22 wrote:
His mercies never end, they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.
Do you believe it, Christian? If not; why not? May I suggest a reason?
You have trouble singing the hymn based on this verse because you don’t look for those mercies every morning! Jeremiah (the probable author of these words) looked—and he found! If you are on the lookout, you too will do so. How about it? Do you need a coffee “fix” in the morning, or a wake-up call to explore God’s mercies?
There are those who are dependable—i.e., to say, you can depend on them not to be dependable. You can count on them attending church—occasionally—or offering the special help needed for which they volunteered!
One wonders what motivates—or, rather, what fails to motivate—them so regularly that you can almost depend on them to be undependable in whatever they promise to do. And, often, it isn’t because at the time when they volunteered they had no intention of doing it; it’s likely that they had every intention of doing what they said they would. Depend on them to have good intentions.
Then why don’t they? Are they simply creatures of habit—bad habits? Probably, in many (possibly most) instances. They learned these early. It was always easier at the time to say, “Oh well, it’s raining; probably best to stay home—in fact it’s a great day for seeping in!” So they do—quite dependably so!
Are you dependable? That is to say, can others in the church depend upon you to not keep your word to them when you promise to do something?
Faithfulness is a vanishing commodity. Workers, companies, pastors, congregations—you name it—where can it be found today? Disloyalty is evident on all fronts.
Yes there are still the faithful few who will remain true no matter what, but in some circles they are a diminishing tribe.
If there is one group of people that you would hope to find faithful it would be seminary professors. Yet, historically, they have been the first to give in to erroneous theories. Is there a new trend of that sort in evangelical seminaries at present? Some are truly faithful to their calling, but it seems that there are also those who are willing to “play footsie” with the liberals. Their motives may be as varied as the persons represented in the group; that isn’t for us to judge. But the result? That’s exceedingly important; and it can be judged. If we don’t want a new liberal takeover of the church of Jesus Christ, it is incumbent for those in places where they are able to do something about it to take action.
Where wavering professors are found, it’s time to remind them of I Corinthians 4:2:
The key thing that is sought in stewards is that they be found faithful.
Of all people, seminary professors are preeminently the stewards of the truth of God. They train the next generation of preachers. As the seminaries go, so goes the church. Where they have gone astray, we must urge them to be honest about their views and leave their posts. There are statements that they agree to when they are installed; they should be held strictly to them.
Thank God for those many professors who still remain true to the faith!