4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. 6 Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. 7 Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. 8 Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem on your forehead.
God Remains Faithful
by Jessica L. Peck, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, CNE, CNL, FAANP, FAAN
As a pediatric nurse practitioner, professor and national nursing leader working in an unprecedented global pandemic, I grieve the erosive loss of faith I see in so many mournful eyes and melancholy spirits. The world is simply broken. The Oxford Dictionary defines faith as “complete trust or confidence in someone or something.” We have all lost this kind of faith in some way over the last 18 months. Healthcare providers who once held the confidence of the public now endure skepticism. Schools which once enjoyed a shared sense of community are now bitterly divided over health measures. People who once held relationships dear now walk away, joining opposite spectrums of a national feud. Our trust and confidence in the social norms that make up the very fabric of our lives has vanished. Our illusion of faith is lost, or at the very best, misplaced.
This prayer in Deuteronomy 6 is called the Shema (from the Hebrew word for “hear”) and is considered to be a confession of faith. The thing is, it is not the kind of faith mentioned in the Oxford Dictionary, placing trust in people and things that are seen. In fact, it’s the opposite. Faith defined in Hebrews 11:1 is “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
As a mother faced with influencing and shaping the worldview of my four children during these challenges I never anticipated, it is easy to feel sleepless, powerless, and hopeless. Here is the beautiful thing, friend. Even if we falter, we fall, and we fail to the point we find ourselves completely faithless…
He. Remains. Faithful. (2 Timothy 2:13).
We need to remember faith is the conviction that our God is a waymaker, miracle worker, promise keeper, and light in the darkness. Isaiah 9:2 says the people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. Those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone. Let this light, this faith, wash over your heart and your soul. This is such Good News that we should be teaching this diligently to our children when we sit at home and when we walk along, when we lie down to sleep at night and when we wake in the morning. This does not mean object lessons and planned lectures. They should not hear about this faith through what we say, they should see it in who we are.
Are you fixing your eyes not on what is seen and temporary (COVID-19), but what is unseen and eternal (a faithful God who keeps His covenant of love)? Let your children tell their children about this season in their lives in which God grew your faith, strengthened you, sustained you, and remained faithful even when you felt faithless. Rejoice in your sufferings, knowing suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produced hope - a Hope that does not disappoint (Romans 5:3-5).
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful (Hebrews 10:23).
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Jessica L. Peck, DNP
Jessica L. Peck, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, CNE, CNL, FAANP, FAAN, is a Clinical Professor at the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON). She holds active national credentials as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, and Clinical Nurse Leader. Prior to her role at Baylor, her distinguished background includes: Tenured Professor at Texas A&M Corpus Christi College of Nursing; Associate Professor of Nursing, University of Texas Health Science Center School of Nursing and Will Dean Bivens Singleton Professor of Pediatric Nursing, University of Texas Medical Branch. Her clinical experience includes: League City Pediatrics; Pediatric Consultants, Clear Lake Regional Medical Center and UT Physicians Bay Area Pediatrics.
Dr. Peck is highly accomplished in her field. She has served in elected leadership positions in a variety of professional organizations including: American Academy of Nursing; American Association of Nurse Practitioners; National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners; and Texas Nurse Practitioners while maintaining active membership in: Emergency Nurses Association; National League for Nursing; National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty; Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society; Texas Nurses Association; Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nurses and she is also involved in the Alumni Association, University of Alabama and Alumni Association, University of Texas Medical Branch School of Nursing. Revered as a nurse leader, in 2019 Dr. Peck was honored as the Texas Nurse Practitioner of the Year and was recently inducted as a Fellow in both the American Academy of Nursing and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.