“Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.” -Deuteronomy 7:9
When it began to become clear that God was calling me to the pastorate, there were some natural uncertainties. Am I truly equipped to do this task? Am I genuinely being called by the Lord, or do I have other motivations? What does the future have in store? These are questions anyone asks when beginning a new journey. Here is why I love anniversaries. I can look back on all those uncertainties today, and say with certainty, God is faithful.
The weeks leading up to my ‘In-View-of-Call’ message was difficult. It was obvious things were changing in our life, and change always brings challenge. My wife was pregnant. We had good jobs. We were in a new house. We had plans. But we learned very quickly what Proverbs 16:9 means,
“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.”
God had other plans, and He knows best.
Leading up to the ‘In-View-of-Call’ message, I studied the Scriptures for promises. I needed to know that this was God working. I needed help trusting His sovereign plan. There was one passage in particular that stopped the boat from rocking, and led me beside still waters. It was Psalm 139:16,
“Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.”
This verse strengthened my belief in the sovereign God, and helped me be at peace with all that was going on. I wrote this verse on a giant white board in my office, and underneath it I wrote, “The details of that day have already been written. God has already made the decision. I am called to simply trust and obey.” The vote was unanimous, and I began in the ministry.
As I stepped into the pulpit for my first Sunday, on September 22, 2019, I had no idea what the rest of the year, and 2020 had in store. I didn’t know that my daughter would pass away two months later. I didn’t know that COVID-19 would attempt to shut our country down. I didn’t know that I would do funerals while on lockdown. I didn’t know that we would have so much unrest in our country. I didn’t know that this election year would be so chaotic. I just didn’t know.
Here’s what I do know, God is faithful. Every moment of this past year He has been faithful. Even now as I sit and write this, I am overwhelmed by His faithfulness. Every moment He has been with us. Every moment He has sustained us. Every moment He has strengthened us. Every moment He has been everything He says He is. Therefore, going into the uncertainties of this next revolution around the sun, I can look back on this last year and smile, because I know God is, and will be, faithful.