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Faithfulness

–  I love everything about our God, but His faithfulness blows my mind. Maybe it’s because my “love language” is quality time, maybe it’s because faithfulness is so rare in our world today, but when I meditate on God’s faithfulness, I am overwhelmed with love for Him. He is so amazingly beautiful and His faithfulness reminds me of that.

  I Thessalonians 5:24, says, “Faithful is He who calls you, and He will also bring it to pass.” We also find in Deuteronomy 7:9, “Know therefore that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God…” These are just two examples of many throughout the Word that reminds us of God’s faithfulness. He is with us, always. He is guiding us, continually. He is faithful.

  Hebrews 13:5 tells us to not covet and be content with what we have because He will never desert us. He will never leave or forsake us. This verse assures us that when we have the Lord (and if we want Him, we have Him) we have no need of anything else. When we have the Lord, He comes with all His power, all His provision and all His character. Of course we can be content with that! His faithfulness allows us to live in freedom of covetousness because we know if it’s what we need in the moment; it is already there with us through Him.

  Another passage that shows us God’s faithfulness is in Luke 7. Here we read about a man named Simon who invited Jesus to his home for a meal. A “sinful woman” barged in, broke a box of expensive perfume and anointed Jesus’ feet. You remember she wiped His feet with her hair and continually wept over Him and kissed His feet. Simon’s response was poor and Jesus lovingly corrected him, forgave the woman of her sins and continued on with His ministry.

  As I have been studying this passage lately, what has really stood out to me has not been the woman this time, but Jesus Himself; more specifically, His faithfulness to go wherever He is invited. In Jesus’ response to Simon, He pointed out that Simon did not provide for Him common courtesy in his home. Simon provided no water, no welcome kiss, and no real hospitality. But, Jesus came anyway. Jesus knew these courtesies would not be provided, yet because Simon invited Him, He went. This is our God. If He is invited, He is FAITHFUL to come. I wonder if the other guests were provided water and kisses. Was Jesus the only one ignored? Were others being welcomed in the customary way, but He alone was not? We really don’t know, but what we do know is that Jesus was given nothing for His basic comfort, yet He chose to come anyway.

  This has led me to wonder how often I have invited Jesus somewhere only to not give Him the honor He deserves. How often have I invited Him to a church service only to ignore His prodding? Have I just wanted a miracle and not the Savior? How often have I invited Him to work in a certain area in my life only to disengage with His Spirit at the earliest possible convenience? Have I wanted a show, but not the redemption? How often have I invited Him to ride along with me in my car when all I really wanted was protection, not conviction? But, He was always faithful to go with me, because I invited Him. He knew that I would ignore Him, but he still came. Why? It’s who He is! He is faithful, always. 

    II Timothy 2:13 tells us, “If we are faithless, He remains faithful; for He cannot deny Himself.”

   II Corinthians 10:13 says, “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and GOD IS FAITHFUL, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, that you may be able to endure it.”

   Revelation 19:11a says, “And I saw heaven opened; and behold, a white horse, and He who sat upon it is called Faithful and True;”

   Lamentations 3:22-23, says, “The LORD’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions are new every morning; Great is Thy faithfulness.”

Let’s meditate on His faithfulness today and praise Him that His faithfulness does not depend on us. It’s totally Him.  

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