The Character of Abba Father’s Heart – Faithful

“Great is thy faithfulness oh God my Father…

As a young boy I remember my Grandpa belting out these words from the well-known hymn, “Great is Thy Faithfulness.” This was one of my Grandfather’s favorite hymns and I must say it expressed so well his view of God the Father. My grandpa lived through so many peaks and valleys throughout his life, but there was one constant and that was a faithful God who stayed true to His promises no matter what.

I too have always loved this hymn, and the longer I journey through life the more I cherish the deeper meaning of this verse“…there is no shadow of turning with Thee; though changest not, Thy compassions they fail not; as Thou has been, Thou forever will be.” The author of this song was obviously inspired by the truths of Lamentations 3:22-23:

“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. 

This past year our family launched Oceans Ministries, truly a step of faith, yet we can testify to the Father’s “great love” and His “compassion” that shows up in GREAT FAITHFULNESS! Even in times of fear or when our faith is small and shaky He shows up and shows off as a Father whom never stops loving. I wish I could share my journal entries with you from this past year, truly page after page testifies to a Father who provides in miraculous ways.

Whenever my faith starts to waver I read through my journal and find a Father who continues to give daily bread, who opens up ministry opportunities beyond understanding, and who has placed wonderful supportive people in our lives that show us Abba’s heart in a multitude of ways.

Those of you who know me, know I can’t sing, but our Good Father has given me every reason to belt out the words “Great is thy faithfulness oh God my Father…”

Spend some time today looking back at your past and identify times where His faithful hand has shown up and showed off in amazing, loving ways.  Then how about joining me in singing this famous hymn and declaring the great faithfulness of your Father God!

4 replies
  1. Michele Bennett
    Michele Bennett says:

    Amen and Amen AND AMEN!!!! Always and especially during my current situations I have seen His faithfulness – His ability to act in and through me even when I am struggling to feel His nearness holds me in amazement at His faithfulness.
    Thank-you my brother, Pastor and friend.

    • Tim Spykstra
      Tim Spykstra says:

      He will never let you go and is working out something special for you.
      Reading James 5 this morning and great reminder of patience and the fruit it will produce in time!
      Blessings on you sister!

  2. Sarah Spykstra
    Sarah Spykstra says:

    Thank you dad for your honesty and heart! God has been so faithful and will continue to be! What a good good Father! Love this and you!


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