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  • Writer's pictureCatherine Dalziel

Reliable (17-01-2023)


I trust in your unfailing love;

my heart rejoices in your salvation.

I will sing to the Lord,

for he has been good to me. (Psalm 13:5-6)

I love you, O Lord, my strength.

The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;

my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.

He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

I call to the Lord, who is worthy of praise,

and I am saved from my enemies. (Psalm 18:1-3)

Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. (Hebrews 10:22-23)


Yesterday morning started, in our house, like most other Monday mornings. Rob and I got up and then between us we fed the cat, sorted out the ironing and sat down to have breakfast. During breakfast we were chatting and a question arose that we didn’t know the answer to. As is very common these days, I reached for my phone so that I could ask a well-known search engine to see if it could find out the answer for us.

On picking up my phone I noticed that I didn’t appear to have a wi-fi signal. Automatically both Rob and I turned to look at our broadband router, which just so happens to be in the kitchen, to discover that the broadband was down. This was rather irritating. We did the usual things; we pressed the reset button, then we turned it off and turned it back on again, all with only limited success.

The plans that both Rob and I had for the day entirely depended on us being able to access the internet. Rob was working from home and he couldn’t do all he needed to do, without being able to connect to the office in London. I needed to write this Thought for the Day, the writing of which was not the issue, but I couldn’t then put it on the internet for anyone else to read or link it to my chosen hymn. For Rob there was no alternative, without the wi-fi he was stuck. For me, I could write this at home, save it on a memory stick, take it up to my mum’s with me later in the day and then use her wi-fi, which hopefully would be working, to put it on the internet.

In recent times we have become completely reliant on having access to the internet for the way that we live our lives. Yet it is not completely reliable, it can break down and it can be corrupted. In the past few weeks we have seen how a cyber-attack on the Royal Mail caused them to be unable to deliver parcels and post abroad.

When we depend on something, or someone, we need to know that they are reliable and trustworthy. As Christians we know that we have faith in a reliable, dependable and trustworthy God, one that will not let us down, one that is there all the time, day or night, wherever we happen to be. We have an amazing God, who is more powerful than anything that mankind can create and whose reliability and dependability is never in doubt.


Father God, we put our trust in you, for we know that you will never let us down.


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