Good afternoon friends. This is Bill Daly again from Bitterroot Valley Calvary Chapel with this week’s episode of Root Words. As you may know, we have been continuing these past several weeks with a series on the various divine Attributes of God. Each week I like to mention that a very important, perhaps THE most important aspect of our Christian walk is that we’re called to KNOW our God. And then, having known more OF Him, that we are then TRANSFORMED by that knowledge. And even though we have such an infinitesimally small understanding of God, in aid of greater measures of knowing Him through His word, we’ve been spending some time studying the nature and the character of God as He has revealed Himself to us in His word. And if you happened to join us last week, we spent some time discussing the “Immutability” of God. So this week, we’re going to examine:
The Faithfulness of God: I’m sure we wouldn’t have any trouble counting all the many ways that we have been unfaithful to Christ and to the resources and privileges which God has trusted us with. Our finances, our spouses, our children, our time. And it’s not just us – we’re surrounded by other people, equally as unfaithful as us in all the matters of life – from the workplace to relationships to walking with God. So, how refreshing is it then, having knowledge of the unspeakable blessing that we can simply lift our eyes above this corrupt, fallen world and look upon One who is most faithful. One Who is faithful in ALL things and faithful at ALL times. So far above all of our limited, finite understanding is the unchanging faithfulness of God. God is true, His promises are true, in all His relations with us His people God is faithful; He can be safely relied upon.
Now of course, it’s one thing to accept the faithfulness of God as a Divine truth but it is quite another thing to act upon it. Thankfully, God is faithful in preserving His children, He is faithful in disciplining His kids, and He is faithful in glorifying His people. Consider this: that He who has cared for His children through all the years will not leave them nor forsake them in old age. Truly understanding this blessed truth will likely aid in keeping our complaining in check. When we trustfully rest in Him and His work, when we can fully resign ourselves and all our lives into His hands, fully convinced of His love and His faithfulness, the sooner we will be satisfied with His providence in our circumstances and situations in our life and then can finally come to believe and rely upon the fact that “He does all things well”. Let us remember that God is a God of His Word. He does what He says He will do. Look at Numbers 23:19 for example. The English Standard Version renders this verse, “God is not man, that He should lie, or a son of man that He should change His mind. Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not fulfill it?”. God is rarely predictable but He is always faithful. And even though we may not understand His plans or His ways and how he is moving in and through our lives at times, we can always be assured that “He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of our Lord”. So be encouraged today that whatever you are going through, whatever situation you are facing right now, that God frequently puts His children in precarious situations intentionally. Why? He does it to build our trust in His faithfulness. To build our dependence upon His faithfulness. He frequently causes us to stretch so as to strengthen our resolve in His faithful nature. Like the children of Israel, whom God led through a SEA, let us always consider that God knows what He’s doing, He hasn’t lost His grip on you, and that He is faithful to sanctify you, strengthen you, encourage you, and fill you with more of Him so that there’s less of you. Personally, I’m eternally grateful for God’s faithfulness, especially when in my own weakness, I’m often demonstrating faithlessness.
Well, I truly hope this has been a blessing to you. I always look forward to seeing you all again very soon. Until then, I wish you all a wonderful week in the Lord. God bless you.