Devotions By Jan

Semper Fi

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31OYCilc-MLScripture for Today:  Psalm 86:15 “But You, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.”

Our car has many decals of different places we have been.  Some decals picture a club or organization with which we have a special connection.  One of my favorites is the Latin saying, “Semper Fi” or “always faithful.”  This motto is a shortened version of the original “Semper Fidelis” and is associated with the US Marine Corps.  But the saying has a long history.

The first recorded usage was as a motto for the city of Abbeville, France in 1369.  But it has an early Polish connection too.  In 1658 Pope Alexander VII commended the city of Leopolis with this saying for their key role in defending Europe from Muslim invasion.  As my husband is part Polish, this motto has special meaning on several levels.

As inspiring as this motto is, there is only One who is always faithful.  Our verse for today teaches that our Lord is gracious by being slow to anger and by showing compassion.  He is not only loving and faithful but is abounding in those qualities to those who call on Him.  He will never act in opposition to His character.

I am ashamed that there are sometimes moments of doubt.  Emotions can get the best of me.  Asaph in Psalm 77 had the same problem when he in his grief felt that the hand of God had changed (verse 10).  He asks, “Has His unfailing love vanished forever?  Has His promise failed for all time?” (verse 8)  The answer is clearly, “No!”  He is abounding in love and faithfulness.  He has never failed me and He never will.

He is always faithful.  Thank you Lord, that I can always count on You.  Help me never ever doubt it.

Look familiar?  This is a summer re-post due to ministry schedule.

 

 

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