Perfect Faithfulness


Okay, I hope that these snippets of God’s character about faithfulness have not become mundane to you.  To me, it is worth highlighting various aspects of God’s faithfulness.  As you know, we have short memories.  We spend years agonizing over things gone awry, but within days, we forget the marvelous blessings that God gives us.  We expect everything to go “right”, and when it doesn’t, it leaves an indelible mark on us.  Our entire perspective is incorrect.  We are always focusing on the outcome of a circumstance which isn’t the primary goal of challenges, hardships or sufferings.  God’s goal is to drive us to dependency on Him while purifying our faith in Him all while bringing glory to Himself.

Despite our knowledge of God’s goal of purifying our faith for His glory, we continue to look to other things. In His mercy and grace, God continues to pursue us sharing His awe-inspiring yet incomprehensible love for us.  Again, I turn to the Word. We see an example of how we should respond to God’s faithfulness in Isaiah 25

 1 O LORD, you are my God;
I will exalt you and praise your name,
for in perfect faithfulness
you have done marvelous things,
things planned long ago.

We are told in Psalm 40:5 that ” 5 Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare.”  The Word goes on to tell us in Ephesians 1:11-12 that “11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.” There was a considerable amount of time, more than 2000 years, that passed when the psalmist wrote that God had done many marvelous things planned long ago.  How did God do those things? In perfect faithfulness.  This connotes that it was done right.  In several other versions, perfect faithfulness is translated and faithfulness and truth.  God is credited with doing things faithfully and truthfully.  Long ago when sin entered the world, God had a plan to resolve the sin problem.  God was faithful to bring salvation to those who desperately needed it.

To remind you, faithfulness in Isaiah 25 is the Hebrew word ’emuwnah which means 1) firmness, fidelity, steadfastness, steadiness. God fulfills His Word with firmness, fidelity, steadfastness and steadiness.  No matter how we cut it, God keeps His Word. Because of Jesus Christ, I am saved from the eternal consequences of my sin.  The comfort and confidence we should possess is immeasurable; yet, we quake in unbelief at every little circumstance because we refuse to believe, to trust in firmness, fidelity, steadfastness and steadiness.  God is faithful to keep His Word, and we are unfaithful in keeping ours.  We assert that we love the LORD and trust the LORD, but our actions are contrary to what we say.  If we were just to hang on to this one truth, God is faithful, we would soar above what is commonly perceived as bad situations or circumstances.

As a matter of application today, can we just think of things planned long ago and their truth today.  For example, long ago, this day was orchestrated for me.  Whatever comes to me today, I want to remember that God orchestrated it for me long ago in His perfect faithfulness.  In a little over an hour, I am planning to traveling to Cedine Bible Camp to pick up my daughter, a nephew, a niece and possibly my daughter’s friend who is like a daughter to me.  God has planned this day long ago in perfect faithfulness. Whether seen as good or bad, I want to and I want you to remember that God is working to build and purify our faith for His glory. God is faithful. As we trust in Him, it is impossible for us to lose. Be encouraged.

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