Follow through: I will now expound upon the subject of my previous post, this time from personal experience. If you read the last post, you will remember that I was showing through the words of great writers God’s great faithfulness. Now God has always been faithful in the good times, when I’m “ten feet off the ground” spiritually. But if this were all, what glory would be to God? Even men do the same. But God is not man. He has promised to be faithful to his children, and he does not break promises. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is faithful even when we are not. He is faithful in times of……Indifference or disinterest: we all have times when we seem to not really care about God. We think that we are all right, and that is the time when we are most wrong. We tend to get lazy, and as contradictory as this sounds, the lazier we are, the more we tend to lean on ourselves other than God. But God is faithful, and that means that He has a will for us even when we look away from Him. And He will bring us back to Himself, in His own time, and in His own way.
doubt: God is faithful. Even when we doubt Him, He is the same always. For, 1)He is faithful when we doubt the sufficiency of His work in our lives. But this is so foolish! When you are a child of God, there is more than enough grace reserved for sins we have not yet committed. Your sins are not even to be compared with His mercy. 2)God is faithful when we doubt His promise to never leave us. God is with us always, though perhaps for His good purpose he has chosen to remain silent. We must never doubt that that God is near. When we do, we not only call Him a liar, but we put ourselves in unnecessary danger when temptations arise. 3)And God is faithful when we doubt His faithfulness. If we think this way, is it not more likely that we are the unfaithful ones? It doesn’t do to point to God when we have weaknesses. It didn’t work for Adam, and it won’t work for us. Just look and see that God is faithful.
temptation: we needn’t be told that God is with us in times of temptations. But not only is He with us, He has complete control. He has said that He will not tempt beyond what we can bear. And He will not depart from us when we choose to sin, though it were a temptation we could bear. He is faithful. He is there to strengthen us, and as the case may be to discipline us. God will not tempt us without a purpose, and that should be enough for us.
in trials: it is very easy to think that God is unfaithful, when we are put through difficult times. We may test how we are trusting in God through these times by the way we pray to him. It is okay to ask God to change things. It is normal to not understand why something is the way it is. It is okay to ask God why he allowed it. Jesus did so on the cross. It is normal to wish things were different. But it is not okay to think that God does not have a purpose in all this, or that he has broken any promise. We must remember that God has all things under his control, and that he will work things together for good for the sake of them that love him. We should submit ourselves to God in all things. Jesus did so in Gethsemane. When we are feeling the weight of our sins, or we go through hard times financially, or a loved one dies, we should always remember, that God’s own son has been through everything that we are going through, and knowing what grief is, he will not put us through without reason. And we would do well to remember that He is faithful in all things. Only in him will we find comfort, and he is ever there.
Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
There is Shadow of turning with Thee.
Thou changest not, Thy Compassions they fail not,
As Thou hath been, Thou forever wilt be.
Anyone who has tasted God’s faithfulness could speak of it forever, but as your time is valuable, I will wrap this post up with two inquiring points:
1st, Have you tasted God’s faithfulness? God is ever faithful, but do you ever recognize it? Are you his Child? I ask with all my heart that you ponder these questions, and search your soul for any doubt that God is faithful. Then I encourage you to strive to taste God to see God’s faithfulness as fully as you can, and see the one who is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
2nd, does not the sight of God faithfulness compel you to respond in a positive way. God is, without effort, ever faithful. Should we not strive to be faithful children to and for his glory?
I wish I could say more, but as I have typed this all in one sit-down, my eyeballs are beginning to hurt.
Oh, one more thing. I am going to put up more pictures.