Tag: God’s faithfulness

Contemplating God’s Love!

Scripture reading for June 24th: Psalms 104-106

One of the attributes of God is that He is good!  God has been good to me and I have personally experienced His goodness for over 67 years!  Today’s psalms reflect on the goodness of God to His people because of who He is.  God and His goodness is the greatest subject that the human mind could contemplate!

God is clothed in splendor and majesty! (Psalm 104:1-2)  He has stretched out the heavens like a tent canopy and decorated the sky with jewels of light.  He is the one who uses the winds as His messengers and the lightening bolts as His servants. (Psalm 104:4)  He set the earth on its foundations and formed it’s surface, covering it with water.  He created the plants, animals, the birds of the air and fish of the sea. (Psalm 104:24-25)  This majestic God is the source of all food, breath, and life! (Psalm 104:33-35)

In Psalm 105 God is worshiped for His faithfulness to His covenant with His people!  (Psalm 105:8-9)  The people of God have been cared for by God’s covenant love, from saving them from famine through Joseph to the deliverance from Egypt through Moses and the miracles wrought through his hands.  God brought the people out of slavery, loaded down with silver and gold.  He fed them and watered them on their journey (Psalm 105:37-41).  This was because of His promises to Abraham and the covenant that God was faithful to keep!  He is worthy of praise!

God’s goodness is without limit and His love is from everlasting to everlasting!  (Psalm 106:1)  God’s love also includes His loving discipline!  Some of the judgments recorded here include the wilderness experience where a generation that would not believe died!  God dealt with unbelief, rebellion, idolatry, grumbling and disobedience!  (Psalm 106: 32-39)  God’s people had a history of unfaithfulness, but God has remained faithful!  Even when He handed them over to the nations, He heard their cry and because of His great love, and He relented! (Psalm 106:44-46)  God deserves praise from everlasting to everlasting!

Take a moment today to remember God and His faithfulness to you personally.  Look back over your life and offer thanks and worship for God’s creation, provision, healing, deliverance and discipline!

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Every promise is true!

Scripture reading for March 7th: Joshua 18-21

“So the Lord gave Israel all the land He had sworn to give their forefathers, and they took possession of it and settled there.  The Lord gave them rest on every side, just as He had sworn to their forefathers.  Not one of their enemies withstood them, the Lord handed all their enemies over to them.  Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to the house of Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.” (Joshua 21:43-45)

God has been faithful to us!   Our family has been through a number of trials during our journey.  When farming, we experienced a severe drought in 1974 and harvested very little.  We had been farming only a few years and really could not stand a crop failure.  We had a fire in 1975 that destroyed a large hog building and a large number of animals.  It was the only building that was not listed on the insurance policy!  In 1976 we had a tornado strike our farm.  It destroyed barns, cattle sheds, machine sheds and trees on both sides of our house, but spared us!   In 1981 a severe economic crisis hit agriculture as a result of government policies and high interest rates.  Many farmers lost their farms and we were deeply in debt, too.   In 2001, we were 2 miles from the center of a 6.9 earthquake that shook our house, church and city in Olympia, Washington.  God brought us through again and again!

Joshua divided the land because the war in Canaan to possess the land was essentially over. (Joshua 18:2)  It took seven years of fighting and following God’s instructions.  Not one enemy could stand up against them when they were obedient!  Not one promise made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob ever failed!

When everything else in the world is shaking and the worst appears to have happened, God is faithful and His Word is true!  “Praise be to the Lord, who has given rest to his people Israel just as He has promised.  Not one word has failed of all the good promises He gave through his servant Moses.” (1st Kings 8:56)   “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.” (Matthew 24:35)

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A fool for Christ!

Scripture reading for September 10th: 2nd Corinthians 11:16-33

Paul continued to write to the Corinthians about the contrast between his ministry and that of the false teachers.  He was jealous for them as one who had promised them to Christ.  (2nd Corinthians 11:1-3)  Paul turned to the use of sarcasm and boasting to try and open their hearts again.

“I repeat:  Let no one take me for a fool.  But if you do, then receive me just as you would a fool, so that I may do a little boasting.  In this self-confident boasting I am not talking as the Lord would, but as a fool.  Since many are boasting in the way the world does, I too will boast.  You gladly put up with fools since you are so wise!  In fact, you even put up with anyone who enslaves you or exploits you or takes advantage of you or pushes himself forward or slaps you in the face.  To my shame I admit that we were too weak for that!” (2nd Corinthians 11:16-21)  Paul admitted that boasting was not from the Lord.  He was using the world’s ways like the fools who had used these methods to enslave the Corinthians.  He sarcastically remarked that they put up with fools because ‘they were so wise’!  Paul himself never exploited them or took advantage of them.

Paul’s credentials as an apostle were then laid out for them.  He was a Hebrew and a descendant of Abraham.  He was a servant of Christ who had endured prison, flogging, beatings with rods, stoning, and shipwreck.  He had been constantly on the move, avoiding bandits, persecution from other Jews, false brothers, and Gentiles.  He went without sleep, was hungry and thirsty, and cold and naked.  All this he had endured for the cause of Jesus Christ!

A greater concern than the physical dangers he suffered was his care for all the churches.  (2nd Corinthians 11:28-29)  Paul hurt with those who were weak and in danger of leaving the faith.  He felt a deep burden when one of the brothers or sisters was led into sin by Satan or false teachers.  His boasting was not of his great strength, prophesies, preaching and powerful miracles.  He was boasting in his weakness and God’s faithfulness to bring him through!   Do you boast of your weakness and trials, or of your own accomplishments?  May we all be ‘fools for Christ’!

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Considering God faithful

Scripture reading for November 17th: Romans 4-5

Faith always has an object and that object is God!  God alone is trustworthy and faithful to His word.  If He said it, He will do it!  He has the power to do whatever He says He will and the character of never lying!  He can be counted on and His word will never fail!

“Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it has been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”  “Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead–since he was about a hundred years old–and that Sarah’s womb was also dead.  Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had the power to do what He had promised. This is why ‘it was credited to him as righteousness.'” Romans 4:18-22

Sometimes things look impossible to the natural eye.  When Abraham and Sara left their home to go to Canaan, God told them that He would give them offspring.  (Genesis 15:4-6)  In fact, their offspring would number more than the stars in the sky!  Abraham believed God and it was counted as righteousness!

Time passed and they tried to produce the offspring.  Nothing happened and they were getting older.  Sarah gave Abraham her maid and she conceived a son, Ishmael.  They thought that perhaps this child was the promised seed, but God visited them again and told them that in their old age that they would have a son from their own bodies!  This seemed so impossible that Sarah laughed out loud!  (Genesis 18:10-15)  However, God restored their bodies and they had the child, Isaac, whose name means “laughter’!  Faith brings results that cause joy and laughter to those who believe!

Faith is not difficult.  It is simply coming to the point of being fully persuaded that God is faithful!  What He has promised, He will bring to pass!  If you have heard Him promise you a child, believe it and prepare for a child!  If He has shown you it is time to move to a new city and preach the Gospel, pack up and head out!  Your faith is counted as righteousness!  How marvelous is the grace of our amazing God!

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Children who are mighty in the land!

Scripture reading for June 26th: Psalms 111-118

As a parent, I will sacrifice for my children so they might fulfill their destiny.  I will do whatever it takes to provide for them, protect them, and instruct them to fulfill God’s plan for their life and secure His blessings.  The readings for today give us the secret of  helping them become ‘mighty in the land’! (Psalm 112:2)

Psalm 111 praises the Lord for His faithfulness and mighty deeds on behalf of those who fear Him.  He has provided food for them and kept His covenant! (Psalm 111:4-5)  He has given them the land of other nations and shown His great power to His people!  (Psalm 111:6)  God has provided redemption for His people and given them His holy Name! (Psalm 111:9)  Because of His abundant provision, His children should respect and honor Him.

The fear of the Lord is the key to blessing our children!  When a man fears the Lord, he finds great delight in God’s Word and commands!  He reads and meditates on the Word of God and applies it to his life.  The application of truth brings prosperity and success! (Joshua 1:8-9)  (Psalm 112:1-3)  God’s blessing is on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their prayers.  God longs to bless His children and make them mighty in the land.  They are made mighty as a testimony of the goodness and favor of God!

Those who fear the Lord will have light even in darkness!  Those who fear the Lord are generous and give.  They conduct their affairs with justice, doing what is fair and right in the sight of God.  Because of this, they will never be shaken! (Psalm 112:5-6)  They will have no fear of enemy attack, war, or economic downturn!  They are secure in their faith and trust in the Lord!  He has promised them victory over their enemies! (Psalm 112:8-10)  In the end, the wicked will waste away and come to nothing, but those who trust in the Lord will lack nothing!

The bottom line is that the fear of the Lord in my life and yours will insure a destiny for us and for our children.  We must live it out daily, not just on Sunday mornings!  Ask the Lord to fill you with His Spirit today and pray for your children and grandchildren to enjoy a healthy fear of the Lord!

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God Is Faithful!

Scripture reading for March 8th: Joshua 18-21

Some of the reading in today’s passages seems to be boring.  It is the details of how Joshua divided the land for the tribes of Israel.  Each tribe had fought faithfully and waited patiently for the completion of the long war to conquer the promised land.  God gave them each a definite inheritance, chosen by lot. (Joshua 18:10)   The inheritance established them in a land of their own with rest from war!  Read today with an eye for the distant future and God’s sure promises!

“So the Lord gave Israel all the land He had sworn to give their forefathers, and they took possession of it and settled there.  The Lord gave them rest on every side, just as He had sworn to their forefathers.  Not one of their enemies withstood them; the Lord handed all their enemies over to them.  Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to the house of Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.” Joshua 21:43-45

The land of Israel belongs to them by divine promise.  This is being debated today by nations who are trying to divide the land and make a Palestinian state.  God’s promises are true, however,  and the land will ultimately belong to them forever.  (Deuteronomy 1:8)  (Joshua 18:3)  God brought Israel back to her land in 1947 and she will ultimately possess this land.

God gives rest to His people.  Jesus Christ called to the Jews first to come unto Him for rest for their souls.  (Matthew 11:28-30)  Sin and guilt are heavy burdens on men.  Jesus came to save those who were lost and burdened.  The real rest is found in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ!  The best is yet to come!

Just as every enemy of the Israelites was defeated, Jesus has gone before us and defeated our last enemy, death. We are victorious through Jesus Christ!  (1st Corinthians 15:54-57)  He faced death and took the keys of death and hell from our arch-enemy, Satan!  (Revelation 1:18)  Jesus is alive forevermore and lives to pray for us until we come home to Father’s house!

Every promise of God is “yes” and “amen” in Christ Jesus, our heavenly Joshua.  We will surely get our full inheritance and enjoy His presence forever and ever!  Praise the Lord!  (2nd Corinthians 1:18-22)

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God is Good, His Love endures forever!

Scripture reading for June 24th: Psalms 104-106

One of the attributes of God is that He is good!  Thankfully, God has been good to me and I have personally experienced that goodness for over 60 years!  In these last three psalms, the psalmist reflects on the goodness of God to His people because of who He is.  Let’s reflect with this psalmist about God, the greatest subject that the human mind could contemplate!

Psalm 104 begins with the praise of God who wraps Himself with light as a garment!  This is the God who is light and in Him is no darkness at all or shadow of turning!  This God is clothed in splendor and majesty! (Psalm 104:1-2)  He by His great power has stretched out the heavens like a tent canopy and decorated the sky with jewels of light.  He is the one who uses the winds as His messengers and the lightening bolts as His servants. (Psalm 104:4)  He set the earth on its foundations and formed it’s surface, covering it with water and setting boundaries for that water.  He created the plants and animals and the birds of the air and fish of the sea. (Psalm 104:24-25)  This majestic God is the source of all food, breath, and life!  He is worthy of continual praise for His goodness! (Psalm 104:33-35)

In Psalm 105 God is worshiped for His faithfulness to His covenant with His people!  (Psalm 105:8-9)  History is filled with the record of God’s miracles and deliverance on behalf of His people.  The people of God have been cared for by God’s power and wisdom throughout their history, from saving them from famine through Joseph to the deliverance from Egypt through Moses and the miracles wrought through his hands.  God brought the people out of slavery, loaded down with silver and gold.  He fed them and watered them on their journey (Psalm 105:37-41).  This was because of His promises to Abraham and the covenant that God was faithful to keep!  He is worthy of praise!

Psalm 106 begins with a declaration of the goodness and love of God! (Psalm 106:1)  This is but an attempt to proclaim what is an infinite subject!  God’s goodness is without limit and His love goes from everlasting to everlasting!  Now that’s a broad subject!  God’s love also includes His loving discipline!  God only disciplines those He loves!  Some of the judgments recorded here include the wilderness experience where a generation that would not believe died!  God dealt with unbelief, rebellion, idolatry, grumbling and disobedience!  (Psalm 106: 32-39)  God’s people have a history of unfaithfulness, but God has remained faithful!  Even when He handed them over to the nations, He heard their cry and because of His great love, he relented! (Psalm 106:44-46)  This good and ever-loving God deserves praise from everlasting to everlasting!

Take a moment today to remember God and His faithfulness to you personally.  Look back over your life and offer thanks and worship for God’s creation, provision, healing, deliverance and discipline that you have experienced!  Remember, we will worship Him for eternity!

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“Not one promise has failed!”

Scripture reading for March 7th: Joshua 18-21

“So the Lord gave Israel all the land He had sworn to give their forefathers, and they took possession of it and settled there.  The Lord gave them rest on every side, just as He had sworn to their forefathers.  Not one of their enemies withstood them, the Lord handed all their enemies over to them.  Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to the house of Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.” (Joshua 21:43-45)

God is faithful to His people!  I have lived nearly 62 years and found this to be true personally.  Our family has been through a number of trials during our journey here on earth.  When we farmed, we experienced a severe drought in 1974 and harvested very little.  We had been farming only a few years and really could not stand a crop failure.  But God brought us through!  We had a fire in 1975 that destroyed a large hog building and a large number of animals.  It was the only building that was not listed on the insurance policy!  God brought us through again!  In 1976 we had a tornado strike our farm.  It destroyed barns, cattle sheds, machine sheds and trees on both sides of our house.  We all survived and God took us through!  In 1981 a severe economic crisis hit agriculture as a result of government policies and high interest rates.  Many farmers lost their farms and we were deeply in debt, too.  God showed us a plan and brought us through again!  In 2001, we were 2 miles from the center of a 6.9 earthquake that shook our house, church and city in Olympia, Washington.  God brought us through again!  I could go on, but I am sure you are understanding my point about God’s faithfulness!

In today’s reading, Joshua is dividing the land because the war in Canaan to possess the land is essentially over. (Joshua 18:2)  It took seven years of fighting and following God’s instructions.  Not one enemy could stand up against them when they were obedient!  Not one promise made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob ever failed!  God’s Word is a proven commodity.  When everything else in the world is shaking and the worst appears to have happened, God is faithful and His Word is true!

“Praise be to the Lord, who has given rest to his people Israel just as He has promised.  Not one word has failed of all the good promises He gave through his servant Moses.” 1st Kings 8:56

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.” Matthew 24:35

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