Lately, I have been reminded of two truths. First being the frailty of man. As I read David’s words in Psalm 39 I am struck with both the reality of my momentary life, and the author of life himself, who is not bound by time.
I cannot help but think that being here in Haiti has altered my perspective on life. People here understand the importance of the moment, that tomorrow is not guaranteed, and that life truly is “a mere breath”. Honestly, I could see how this reality could make a person either live up to the challenge to make life count, or give them the perspective that life itself is vanity. What a sad place to be in if the latter is true. However, in spite of the uncertain, and fleeting life we have, God in all of his love reminds me of the second truth, that He is steadfast.
[ Steadfast ]
“Implies a sureness and continuousness that may be depended on”
Synonyms: Sure, dependable, reliable, constant, unwavering.
This definition is so opposite of the world. The uncertainty, the hopelessness, the fragile fleeting breaths that we all are, now have something to live for.
Ever since I stepped foot in Haiti God has been reminding me over, and over again that he is my Rock. When I was homesick, when I couldn’t communicate with anyone, when I wanted to be any other place but here, God showed me through His word that no matter my circumstances, or how I am feeling, He is steadfast. His character is steadfast. Even though the world is unreliable, God is not.
“He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory, my mighty rock, my refuge is God.”
“Of Old you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you will remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away but you are the same, and your years have no end. The children of your servants all dwell secure; their offspring shall be established before you.”
“All the nations are as nothing before him, they are accounted by him as less than nothing, and emptiness. To whom then will you liken God, or what likeness compare with him?”
Everything I once depended on back in the States was stripped from me to the point where God could finally show me that He was, and is the only true, reliable, constant, solid rock in my life. Everything else will fail or perish.
It is reassuring to know that the God I serve, the only true God, is steadfast. He is so much greater than anything in this life, especially myself.
Even when I am fleeting, my trust is in my God, who will forever be constant.