Faithful

One of the things we talk about a lot in church/faith/religion is the notion that we need to be faithful to God.

We should stand up for God. Do right. Do what God wants!

And all of these notions are right and true. All of these notions are for real. We should do each of these things. But, thankful, for us, faithfulness is a two-way street.

Listen to what God says today in Genesis 9: 8-12:

Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, “Behold, I establish my covenant with you and your offspring after you, and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the livestock, and every beast of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark; it is for every beast of the earth. I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations

It isn’t just that we are supposed to be faithful to God. It is that God is always faithful to us.

God is a God of covenant and remembrance. God is a God that remembers His promise to us. He will be faithful to His word.

What is that word? Here in Genesis specifically it’s that He won’t flood the earth again. But, that’s not His only promise.

He promised to never leave nor forsake us. He promised to forgive us our sins. He promised to always be by us and by our side. He promised to be our rock and our shield.

He promised to be our salvation.

He is true to what He said He will do.

He is faithful.

Today, may we be faithful to God in all our lives. And may we know, even more so, that He will be faithful to us.

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Promises

Promises are a powerful thing.  I was raised to not take a promise lightly. If you promised someone something, that’s the same as giving your word. And you should never go back on your word.

You should never break your promise.

Ever.

That’s the way I was raised.

The Bible is full of God’s promises to us. He promises so save us. To be there for us.  To help us in our time of need. To be our rock.  Our defender. Our safe haven.  Our help.

We see in the Bible that He promised the nation of Israel (and the world) a savior.  He promised to send them (and us) a deliverer.  He promised to bring forth hope and salvation to the people.

And they waited.  And waited.  And waited. And waited.

They waited hundreds of YEARS (yes, years) between the promises He made and the fulfilment of the promise.

Today, we read in Luke, what it looked like when the promise came true:

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel;
he has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty savior,
born of the house of his servant David.
Through his holy prophets he promised of old,
that he would save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all who hate us.
he promised to show mercy to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant.
This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham

God hadn’t forgotten His promise. He hadn’t forgotten His word.  He was true to what He said He would do. He was true to who He was.

He kept His promise. Even if the time was not the time the people may have liked.  Even if it didn’t fit their schedule.

It fit God’s time.  It was on His schedule.  It was according to His plan.

God kept His promises and His word to His people.

Just as He will keep it to each of us.

You can trust God and His promises today.  He will keep His word.  The time might not be the time you’d like. But it will be God’s time.

Today, trust in His promises. Trust in His word.  He will take care of you.