Here's what God taught me this morning:
The Lord's faithfulness is established (Ps. 89:2), incomparable (Ps. 89:8), unfailing (Ps. 36:5), and everlasting (Ps. 146:6). And even when we mess up and are unfaithful to Him, His faithfulness to us will endure (2 Tim. 2:13).
Rev. 3:14 "This is the message from the one who is the Amen- the faithful and true witness, the beginning." I never thought of Jesus as my Amen before. I was only taught that the word "amen" meant something like "may it be so", as the end of a prayer. And we typically do put the word "amen" at the end, as if we are signing off, hanging up the phone. But we start our prayers addressing God. So if we start by addressing God, like the opening of a letter, and end with "amen", who is Jesus, then our prayers begin and end with God. Our lives began in God's hands and there we will also end. There's a wonderful symmetry to life with God that begins and ends in His hands.
"for such a time as this"... that phrase has been in my mind for a few days now. It's from Esther, where her uncle says "Do not think to yourself that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. 14For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" (4:13-14). I don't know what this has to do with anything that's happening right now, but there it is and it won't leave.