As we are all aware, these are unusual times in which we are living. Life seems fragmented in so many ways. However, over and over again I do see one constant and that is the faithfulness of our heavenly Father. Faithfulness in His provision not only through and directly from His hand but through the faithfulness of the saints as well. That’s you, Suncoast Family! I’m speaking of your faithfulness not only to the body as a whole but in your faithfulness in bringing the tithe into the storehouse. Again, in these disruptive times that have impacted so many in so many ways, including our economics, you have remained faithful to support the financial needs of this church. Your faithfulness blesses our hearts and brings honor and glory to God. A faithfulness in which we as pastors and leaders of the church are so grateful.
Over and over again, throughout scriptures we see the faithfulness of our Lord. In so many of his servants, like Abraham, Joseph, and David of old and Paul and the Apostles of the new testament God has shown himself faithful. I think of David alone who repeatedly said, “For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies.” (Ps. 57:10) Not only so, but to us, to us He has shown Himself faithful to come through our circumstances and into our lives to heal, to provide, to remove a mountain, or to reveal His love to us in special and precious ways as only He can. Over and over He proves Himself to us as a faithful Father.
In Samuel, David writes, “the Lord rewards everyone for their righteousness and faithfulness.” (1 Samuel 26:23) as well “To the faithful you show yourself faithful,” (2 Samuel 22:26). And again, David says, “For the Lord loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones.” (Ps 37:28) Because David was faithful, righteous and upright in heart the Lord continued His great kindness to him and gave him a son to sit on the throne. And because Solomon, David’s son, simply asked the Lord to give him a discerning heart to govern the people and to distinguish between right and wrong, the Lord was pleased and not only give him a wise and discerning heart but riches and honor as well, and if Solomon continued to walk in the ways of the Lord and obey His commands He would give him long life. (1 Kings 3:5-15)
I trust in these uncertain times, that our almighty Father and Lord will show Himself faithful to you and speak to you favorably in your personal circumstances of life. Again, on behalf of the leadership of Suncoast, thank you for your faithfulness and generosity.
Let His praises continually be upon our lips, “great is Your faithfulness, oh God.”
Paul Sheridon, Business Pastor