Expectations and the Unfailing Jesus

7 Dec

Can Santa really carry all those gifts to all the children of the world? Consider this:

Santa-Sleigh-ReindeerThe weight of Santa’s sleigh loaded with one Beanie Baby for every kid on earth would weigh 333,333 tons. The number of reindeer required to pull said sleigh is 214,206 reindeer ~ plus Rudolph, of course. To deliver his gifts in one night, Santa would have to make 822.6 visits per second, sleighing at 3,000 times the speed of sound. At that speed, Santa and his 215,207 reindeer would burst into flames instantaneously!*

Yikes! That’s expecting a lot from Santa.

I read about some other things people expect of Santa. Like a woman leaving him a note,  asking him to water her plants while she was away for the holidays. Or expecting St. Nick to trim down a bit, so you leave him a salad instead of milk and cookies. **

We tend to expect things from the special people in our lives, too, don’t we? We expect so much sometimes that we forget to give them grace when they don’t ~ perhaps can’t ~ come through for us. No matter how special the person, people will fail us in some way.

I’m so glad God isn’t like that. The Father is faithful (1 Corinthians 1:9), and Jesus never fails.

I love the story of Arthur Luther. As part of an evangelistic team, Luther was in special meetings deep in the Kentucky mountains when he received a telegram that his son was terribly ill. The boy was rushed to the hospital, but Luther could not get to him. The sorrowing father prayed and then sat down at a piano.

The thought came to him, “Jesus never fails.” He wrote the song we find in hymnbooks today:

“Earthly friends may prove untrue, doubts and fears assail;

One still loves and cares for you, one who will not fail.

Tho’ the sky be dark and drear, fierce and strong the gale,

Just remember He is near, and He will not fail.

In life’s dark and bitter hour, love will still prevail;

Trust His everlasting pow’r ~ Jesus never fails.

Chorus:

Jesus never fails. Jesus never fails. Heav’n and earth may pass away, but

Jesus never fails.

This song was translated into many languages. It was sung in concentration camps in Germany, and during World War II, a church in England printed the slogan on one of its walls.*** It’s an important, sustaining truth.

We can’t expect perfection in others, because all of us fail, sooner or later; but Jesus never fails. What fails is our faith in Him, or our faithfulness to Him. Jesus never fails, because His agape love never fails (1 Cor. 13:8a). God keeps His promises, too, as the ancients discovered (1 Kings 8:56).

So when others fail you, take heart, Friend. Jesus knows and cares, and He will not fail you! You can trust Him.


* http://www.humormatters.com/holidays/Christmas/xmasjokes.htm

** adapted, http://www.basicjokes.com/djoke.php?id=1013

*** http://bereanbibleheritage.org/hymns/jesus_never_fails.php

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