Saturday, March 22, 2014

Resting in God's Faithfulness

"I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you; So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord." 1st Corinthians 1:4-9

 
   When plans are frustrated or life just seems to fall apart in some way, it's not uncommon for people to wonder, Has God deserted me? Why hasn't He answered my prayers? Deuteronomy 7:9 offers encouragement with assurance of the Father's faithfulness: "Know therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments."
   Five attributes of God make this possible. First, He knows everything, including our needs, thoughts, frailties, and desires-past, present, and future. Next, the Lord is all-powerful, so nothing is too hard for Him. (Jeremiah 32:17). Then, He exists everywhere at once and is never beyond reach.
   In addition, our heavenly Father cannot lie. Everything that He says is true and 100 percent reliable.
   Lastly, God is unchanging. The world around us and our circumstances seem to be in a constant state of flux. And the Lord may even modify the way He chooses to interact with mankind in different generations. But His character is always the same. So when Scripture tells us that God is faithful, we can res confidently upon that promise.
   Circumstances often prove painful. But even when situations seem overwhelming, believers can trust that our sovereign Lord knows all, is in control, and lovingly works everything for His children's good. We can rest confidently, knowing that the unchanging God of all creation is taking care of us.
Stanley, Charles. In Touch. In Touch Ministries, Atlanta, GA. March 2014. page 53 for information or to order resources InTouch.org, PO Box 7900. Atlanta, GA. 30357-9979 or www.intouch.org.

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