We arrive today at the F of “Now Faith” and one of my all-time favorite characteristics of God:
God is faithful!
I never tire of reading, talking, and hearing about God’s faithfulness. I am forever in awe of the fact that He is faithful because of who He is and His sovereign plan NOT because of what we do or don’t do!
I am especially encouraged every time I encounter His faithfulness in the absence of ours, a truth He repeatedly confirms throughout the book of Exodus as He delivers the Israelites from slavery and into the Promised Land.
At the earliest obstacle to their deliverance, when Pharaoh denies Moses the first time and makes life even more miserable for the children of Israel (5:7-14), they grumble and complain to Moses, who grumbles and complains to God (5:20-22). Yet God still distinguishes them from the Egyptians, shielding them from certain plagues (8:22-23, 9:4, 9:26, 10:23, and 11:7).
Even though they long for the familiarity of slavery in the face of the uncertainty of freedom, God still parts the Red Sea and delivers Israel from Pharaoh’s army (14:10-29).
Even though the Israelites whine and moan when they find bitter water at Marah after three days of none, God miraculously makes the water sweet (15:22-25).
After a mere two weeks, even as they gripe and protest against God again because they’re hungry, God provides manna in the morning and quail in the evening (16:1-12).
When the Israelites thirst for water a second time and complain against Moses and God, God brings forth water from a rock (17:1-7).
Even though they worship a golden calf as Moses receives God’s law on the mountain, God does not destroy them and start over with Moses as He plans (32:1-14), but instead He blots out only those who sinned against Him (32:33).
They doubt. God is faithful.
They doubt. God is faithful.
Isn’t the pattern the same with us?
About eighteen months after starting my book, Holy His: Hope for a Life and a Nation Wholly His, I shelved my writing to start a home décor and fashion side business in my home. While it was fun and people loved it, it required time and energy I couldn’t afford. God kept nudging me, and I kept running down the rabbit trail. When the year ended and my partner-in-crime and I figured out we profited something ridiculous like twenty-four cents an hour, we promptly closed up shop!
Literally within days, a friend of mine learned about my book and held my feet to the fire to get it done.
You see, I lost sight of God’s vision for my book, and I lost a year of writing, but God didn’t stop being faithful. He sent someone to help me get the job done.
Praise the Lord He remains faithful even when we’re not!
There are always consequences for our unfaithfulness, and His faithfulness is NOT license to disregard and disobey Him, but we can be assured that His faithfulness will see His vision through even when we fail Him.
As He assures Moses in Exodus 6:2-8, He will do what He says He will do because He is able, which is our A.
God is able!
Whatever God sets out to do, He is able. Whatever vision He gives, He is able to fulfill it.
God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. What He did for His chosen people in ancient times, He is able to do for His chosen people today!
He is able to perform signs and wonders.
He is able to set His people apart, as He did with the plagues.
He is able to trouble and defeat our enemies, as He did Pharaoh’s army in the midst of the Red Sea.
He is able to supply our every need, as He did with water, manna, and quail.
He is able to sustain our resources, as He did for the Israelites when their clothing and shoes did not wear out after forty years!
He is able to use His people to exceed expectations, as He did with donations for the tabernacle when the people were restrained from bringing, for the material they had was sufficient for all the work to be done – indeed it was too much (Exodus 36:7)!
He was able to redirect me when I pursued a home and fashion business instead of sticking with the harder task of moving forward with my book, and He is able to keep us all on track according to whatever vision He has for us.
The Lord Himself declares, “Behold, I am the Lord, God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:27).
No! There is nothing too hard for the Lord!
We can rely on Him completely because He is faithful, able, and always working, even when we can’t see what He sees and can’t see that He’s doing anything at all, which brings us to I and the rest of “Now Faith” next Thursday.
Lord, thank You that Your faithfulness isn’t dependent on us! Forgive us, Lord, for the ways we fail You, grumbling and complaining because we lose sight of the fact that You are always true to Your ways and always able to accomplish what You set out to do. Forgive our unbelief and increase our faith as we become more wholly Yours today.
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