Today, Rev Mark Fyfe of Kirkintilloch Baptist Church gives us our second Holy Week reflection. Based on the line 'Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not,' Mark reflects on God's great and unending love for us.
Friends of EMMS International, great to be with you today. This Holy Week we are reflecting on the amazing words to the timeless hymn, Great is thy Faithfulness, O God my Father. And this song is full of beautiful truths and we are zooming in on the line today that reads, 'Thou changest not, thy compassions they fail not.' This is clearly inspired by the promises within Lamentations 3, which read,
"because of the Lord's great love, we are not consumed for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning. Great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, The Lord is my portion, therefore, I will wait for him. "
Within Lamentations, these verses are a glimmer of hope. The context is one of overwhelming suffering and injustice, of anguish and pain. And yet even in this place, the author puts his hope in God's compassion, which never fails. Despite the dreadful circumstances, he turns to God his Father, who he knows is faithful. And by his example, he encourages us to put our hope in Him. It is the same God we worship. Hebrews 13:8 says Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Jesus Christ demonstrated the Father's heart of compassion as He walked on Earth. When He saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were harassed and helpless like sheep without a shepherd. And in Colossians 3:12, Paul urges us to clothe ourselves with compassion. What a lovely description! And is that know what EMMS is all about, bringing care and compassion through improved health care to those who are poor and vulnerable?
So today, let's give thanks to God for His goodness and mercy for his love for people across the world. And thank him for the opportunities that we are given to reflect his unchanging love and His compassion. Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not.