August 2 Devotional

I am constantly reminded of the incredible faithfulness of God.  Just as I think about the wonder of the faithfulness of God, I am reminded of my lack of faithfulness in return to Him.  When I compare His faithfulness to me in contrast to my unfaithfulness, it makes the fact that He loves me even more amazing!  I have often said that I am glad God’s faithfulness to me is not dependent upon my faithfulness to Him.

 

Today I was reading Psalm 89 and it spoke about the incredible faithfulness of God in a way I could never convey clearly.  The psalmist wrote, “O LORD God of hosts, who is a strong LORD like unto Thee? Or to Thy faithfulness round about Thee” (Psalm 89:8)?  The reality is that when it comes to faithfulness, there is no one, or nothing that can compare to our God.  When we think about the way mankind has acted toward God, it is amazing to consider His actions.  He made Adam and Eve without sin, and gave them one limitation … Do not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, or the tree of life.  As we all know, the one thing they were instructed not to do, is exactly what they did.  In God’s faithfulness, He promised a Redeemer.

 

As history marched on, God chose Abraham to father His chosen people, the Jews.  However, as faithful as God was to the Jews, they turned to idol worship instead of worshipping God alone.  Even after God parted the Red Sea for Israel to cross over after escaping from Egypt, the Israelites still complained and eventually turned their back on God.  Fast forward in your mind to the time Jesus was living here on the earth.  He lived without sin; helped everyone He passed that had a need; healed the sick; raised the dead; and was eventually crucified.  He remained faithful, in spite of our unfaithfulness.

 

Later in the same chapter the psalmist wrote (from the perspective of God), “But My faithfulness and My mercy shall be with him: and in My name shall his horn be exalted” (Psalm 89:24).  Let’s do our best to exalt the name of our faithful God today.  We have the natural tendency to be unfaithful, let’s ask God to help us be faithful to Him so that His name will be exalted on this earth.  It is possible for us to be faithful to God with His help.  I yearn to be a faithful man.  I hope you want to be faithful as well.  This world needs to see a faithful testimony today.

 

What we are is God’s gift to us. What we become is our gift to God.” – Eleanor Powell

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