God is Faithful

“The Lord is faithful to all His promises and loving toward all He has made. The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.” (Psalm 145:13b-14, NIV)

God is faithful. He is faithful to fulfill every promise in His Word. Sometimes we think God isn’t faithful because it appears He has not fulfilled a desire that we have. Sometimes we think He is not faithful because of a crisis event that seems to imply God isn’t faithful. We must remember that God is more concerned about accomplishing His ultimate purpose in the life of every believer than giving us the desires of our heart. Sometimes this results in hardship.

My mother laid in the hospital close to death. Two months in the hospital and three abdomen surgeries for colon cancer had left us with little hope. I had pleaded with the Lord for her healing many times, but each day brought new medical challenges. I believed that my Lord could heal her if He so desired, but each day it became more difficult to maintain a trusting heart.

I recently read a book by Dr. Robert Jeffress entitled “Clutter-FREE Christianity.”  In this book, Jeffress defines a trusting heart as, “Allowing our confidence in God’s character to govern our inward emotions and our outward behavior.  The apostle Paul encouraged us to: “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.” (Colossians 3:15) God wants us to allow His peace to “rule in your hearts.” The word “rule” is an athletic term that means “to umpire.” So when fear and doubt arise in our hearts, we have a decision to make. We can respond with doubt or we can allow the peace of Christ to have the final say.

Are you struggling with a trusting heart today? Do you find yourself fearful about the future of a loved one? Consider the quote by the late preacher, Alan Redpath: “There is nothing , no circumstance, no trouble, no testing that can ever touch me until, first of all, it has come past God and past Christ, right through to me. If it has come that far, it has come with great purpose.”

God had a purpose for the suffering that my mother was enduring.  You see, my mother did not know Christ as her Lord and Savior, and my greatest fear was that she would die before she TRUSTED Him. But God (I love those words) stepped in and healed my mother for a season even more important. My mother walked the aisle for Jesus and he became her Savior just two short weeks after she had been released from the hospital.

The Lord encourages us.  “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10, KJV).  When your life seems to be coming apart at the seams and being still about your future seems impossible, remember…God is faithful! You really can trust Him.

Blessings to you!

Shirley 

 

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