God’s Enduring Faithfulness
Another characteristic of God I’ve been focusing on the past couple of weeks is faithfulness.
The promises in the Bible are mind blowing. Yet, for many those promises can seem distant. One reason is because we are too focused on our faithfulness, or better yet faithlessness, instead of God’s faithfulness. As I focused on this characteristic of God, it refreshed my soul more than I would have thought. I realized I really don’t focus on it enough.
God is faithful. He does what He says. He is true to His word. He is reliable and dependable. He will finish what He started. We can count on Him. God gave us His promises and He (not us) is the One to manifest them in our lives in the perfect way and perfect timing for each one of us. He will fulfill His words to us, because He is faithful and can’t deny Himself. 2 Timothy 2:13
Seeking, Knowing, Trusting
God is faithful. So, what does He ask of us? The Word is replete with calls for us to seek, know and trust Him and His responses if we do.
Psalm 9:10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.
These three acts are all connected; one leading to the next. Seeking leads to knowing which produces trust. Seeking is about learning who God is and moving into a real relationship with Him based on His truth. It’s deepening our personal knowledge or “knowing” of God. It isn’t learning about Him through a third party, but one-on-one, intimate, personal. It’s walking through life’s experiences with Him, and deeply learning He is faithful, we can trust Him.
I’ve found that always going through a third party or middle man (pastor, writer, leader, teacher) dramatically slows down and inhibits the intimacy building process with God. We gain some understanding, true, but it’s drops in the bucket compared to going to Him one-on-one just us, Him and His Word. Jesus removed the middle man by becoming the middle man. We have to be very careful of depending or relying on a third part and their works (leading, teaching, words) because it feels comfortable. There is a place for others; it’s secondary to our relationship with God. Think of a marriage. We are God’s bride. In a marriage, do you always have someone there telling you who your spouse is? What kind of intimacy or lack of would that produce? Or do you go and experience and learn about your spouse yourself?
In an intimate relationship, deep knowledge grows and trust is the fruit. Without this type of a relationship it’s difficult to truly trust because we don’t really know God. We trust what we know. If you find your trust is lacking, focus on cultivating a real relationship with God for that is where true trust blossoms.
Trust in God’s Mercy
One of the key aspects of God’s instruction is that He asks us to trust in is His mercy. It’s one of the most important qualities we trust in. Especially because we often don’t trust Him in other areas like we should! The truth and mercy go hand in hand. Psalm 61:7 There is truth about who God is to us, who we are to Him, what He desires of us, and most of us struggle with completely trusting in these areas and others as we are inundated with lies and fears. Learning to let go and trust God is a lifetime journey. So above all we need to trust in His mercy, not that we live or trust perfectly. Confusing? Hope not.
Psalm 6:4 Return, O Lord, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies’ sake.
God is faithful. Faithful to have His grace and mercy abound toward us always, thus to fulfill His promises toward us. Especially in the midst of a trial, where our trust is being tested and being strengthened (real trust grows from our experiences not our pontificating), it’s important to keep our focus on what is right and true, like God’s faithfulness. During trials more than any other time our internal lies attack and weaken our trust in God and what He has taught us. We aren’t to give these lies a minute of our attention. When we focus our minds on who God is and not the lies, our current frustration, or the future outcome of what we think our circumstances will manifest, then we’re able to stand firm through the difficulties.
God’s faithfulness abounds toward us. Deeply knowing this truth brings peace among the storms in life, (as the rainbow breaks through the storm clouds). It isn’t a wishful thinking, but a very real reality. God wants to show Himself to us in powerful and real ways. In the midst of trials when we have reached our end is where His work becomes most apparent because we know what is done is not of us or anything else.
June 29, 2010 at 12:59 pm
what do you tell people that serve the Lord, but never seem to get their prayers answered?
July 1, 2010 at 4:23 pm
Hi John – I would say if they are truly God’s – then He has or is answering their prayers. We think we know what is best or good for us – but we often don’t. We have to trust God if we are His, He is answering our prayers in the perfect way and realize often that path to the answer is very different than what we would have thought.
June 30, 2010 at 5:09 am
I received such encouragement from this post and the picture especially touched my heart.
During the darkest time of my life when no one knew about my former husband’s addiction except me, I cried out to God in complete brokenness.
He sent people to pray for me at different times in different places and each prayed the same thing, “God wants you to know that He will not allow this flood to destroy you. He is giving you a rainbow as a promise like the promise to Noah that the flood waters would not cover the earth. Someone even sent me a calendar with rainbows and scriptures for every month.
God is faithful and I remember this truth whenever I see a rainbow! Thanks for sharing this truth!
July 1, 2010 at 4:21 pm
JoDee – I’m so glad you shared that message – what an encouragement. I thought that picture told the reality well – we will face storms in life – but His promises never fail and stand with us through everything. It is our part to believe.
June 30, 2010 at 3:10 pm
What a good encouraging word this it!!! That old devil will come with fear and doubt,and it is most important that we stay focused on Jesus and his word,I was blessed by the read. Have a fantastic day love you 😀
July 1, 2010 at 4:18 pm
Hi Pat – Yes, he will. And it’s so important for us to be abiding in His Word – the truth is one of our biggest defenses.
July 8, 2010 at 1:23 pm
Hey Rachel, this post really reinforces what God has been teaching me lately about diligently seeking Him and trusting in Him – believing He means what He says in His Word and trusting His direction to the point of actively obeying Him.
Just glimpses of His power and His presence with me, giving me direction, delivering me, and teaching me is overwhelming, so I know His faithfulness and power is stronger and better than I can even imagine.
Always encouraged and glad to read your thoughts, sister!
July 8, 2010 at 4:25 pm
Hi Ruth – it’s true His faith and power are so much more – we so easily doubt and question. It’s true – it’s work to believe, but it’s our work to do – John 6:29
July 13, 2010 at 3:01 am
Hello Rachel! I love your blog and I’m so glad I found it.
July 13, 2010 at 3:29 pm
Hi Angela – so glad you found me as well — I checked out your blog and your post on confession was perfect. I was praying about this very topic this morning. It was perfect and I know no coincidence. 🙂 Your questions at the end were right on – loved it!
July 15, 2010 at 5:59 pm
A really great blog. So truthful and very helpful. God has reminded me alot of his faithfulness and that he will continue to be faithful because that is who He is (his character) and we can fully trust Him even when the circumstances in life seem to say other wise. I thank God for you and how he is using you to encourage us to seek Him above all and more than all. I believe God is going to use you in these last days to teach us how to be the the true church that His heart longs for. One of the things God seems to be saying to me is … He doesn’t want a people that know how to have church but be the church and I believe when we learn this, then we will see God in the way He intends for us to see Him.
God Bless You!
July 16, 2010 at 3:24 pm
Hi Carol – thanks for all your encouraging words. I agree – I think there is a call to be the church not “do” church – a big difference – one is about a relationship the other a religion.