Saturday, January 17, 2009

The Faithfulness of God

If we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny himself. (2 Timothy 2:13)

This past week I found myself treasuring anew God’s faithfulness in my life. The truth of being a saved sinner who lives in a fallen world is that there are some days when my greatest need is to know that in spite of what is going on in me and around me – God will always be faithful to His character and to His promises. If we are truly in Christ, the deepest reality in our lives is not just that we have sinned, are sinning, and will continue to sin against God – but also that He has always been, is, and will always be faithful towards us.

Despite our inconsistent actions, unreliable walk, selfish motivations, and erratic faith – God is faithful! While we must not let His faithfulness towards us become a license to continue in our wayward ways, we also must acknowledge that our constant struggle with sin - and our ever-changing states of heart, mind and emotion - are delightfully irrelevant to the consistent, unfailing, steadfast love of our most sovereign God that we have been promised through Jesus Christ.

In putting Psalm 96 to memory some time ago, I still always find myself greatly relieved and joyfully blessed at the end of the psalm:

Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
let the field exult, and everything in it!
Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy before the Lord,
for he comes, for he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness,
and the peoples in HIS faithfulness.
(Psalm 96:11-13)

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