Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 7:1-8:20 (additional reading Psalm 69:1-18 and Proverbs 12:1)
Key Verse: ‘Understand, therefore, that the LORD your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands.’ Deuteronomy 7:9
Which attributes come into your mind when you think of God?
There is a story of a man walked into a photography studio with a framed picture of his girlfriend that he wanted to be duplicated. While removing it from the frame, the studio owner noticed the inscription on the back of the photograph: “My dearest Tom, I love you with all my heart. I love you more and more each day. I will love you forever and ever. I am yours for all eternity.” It was signed “Diane,” and then it contained a P.S.: “If we ever break up, I want this picture back.”
What we saw in today’s reading is that God is faithful, with God there is no p.s.! Deuteronomy 7:9 says ‘Understand, therefore, that the LORD your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands.’
Jerry Bridges said ‘The faithful person is one who is dependable, trustworthy, and loyal, who can be depended upon in all of his relationships, and who is absolutely honest and ethical in all of his affairs.’
We are to reflect Christ in all that we say and do. He is our perfect example of a humble, suffering servant who, as we remember during this ‘holy week’ in spite of great opposition, false accusations, and public ridicule, remained faithful to the heavenly calling. God wants us to be faithful even when it costs us. This is what distinguishes godly faithfulness from the ordinary dependability the world tries to offer.
God’s faithfulness is unquestionable, it is simply part of his character (1 Cor 1:9, Psalm 36:9, 89:1, 1 Thess 5:24). Hopefully, this year not only have you seen his faithfulness time and time again as we’ve read through the Old Testament but have also been thanking God for his faithfulness in your own life.
Our need is not to prove God’s faithfulness but to demonstrate our own, by trusting Him both to determine and to supply our needs according to His will. Think about it, a husband who is faithful to his wife 99% of the time is in reality not faithful at all and there is no such thing as part-time loyalty to Jesus either.
Don’t waste your time waiting and longing for large opportunities which may never come. But faithfully handle the little things that are always claiming your attention. If there’s a job to be done, do it! It has been said that God is not so interested in our ability but in our availability.
- Would people describe you as a faithful person?
- How can you remind yourself of God’s faithfulness in hard times?
- What things cause you to be unfaithful in your relationship with Jesus?
Father, Thank You that You are always Faithful. Thank You that You never leave us down. Help us to be faithful in our walk with you and in our relationships with others. In Jesus’ name, Amen