Wednesday, January 1, 2014

"Once Faithful"

      As our memory verse this week proclaims, God is as He has always been, and will always be as He is.  "From everlasting to everlasting, Thou art God" (Psalm 90:2).

     "I am the Lord, I change not" (Malachi 3:6).  No truth more secures the hearts of those who trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, our Lord, and our life.  Indeed, if once we have discovered the heart and hand of God to be faithful, we can rest in complete certainty that our Heavenly Father will prove Himself the same in every challenge - including and especially  "the present distress," whatever it may involve (I Corinthians 7:26).

     "He is the Rock, His work is perfect: for all His ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is He... Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask thy father, and he will show thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee" (Deuteronomy 32:4; 7).

    The Christian life involves much remembering, primarily of the works God has done, works that provide confidence in that which we presently need Him to fulfill.  Once faithful, always faithful.  Only of the Lord Jesus can this be said with perfect assurance.  Indeed, the greatest truth of every moment of our earthly sojourn involves the fact of God's presence, and of His promise to be everything we need Him to be.  Again, He cannot be other than who He is, and He exists as the same perfection of faithfulness in this hour that we've known Him to be in so many others.  "Thou hast been our dwellingplace in all generations... Your life is hid with Christ in God" (Psalm 90:1; Colossians 3:3).

     Nothing can confront God's trusting children in Christ that begins to compare with His perfectly faithful determination and devotion to secure and assure us.  Nothing.  This we must believe, based upon the affirmation of Scripture, and upon the deliverances of days gone by that confirm the hope of today.  "I change not," He declares.  "I will remember," we respond.  Thus, the grace of God unites with the faith of His children to openly display the glory of who He has always been, who He is, and who He will always be.  Yes, once faithful, always faithful

"It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness."
(Lamentations 3:22-23)

Weekly Memory Verse   
    From everlasting to everlasting, Thou art God.
(Psalm 90:2)

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