MONDAY, OCTOBER 20
"The Faithfulness of Faithfulness"
The title sounds redundant, of course. In Biblical terms, however, the truth shines forth throughout the Word of God that our Lord's faithfulness always serves as the source, motivation, and power of our own faithfulness. To the degree we discover, embrace, understand, and apply ourselves to the Scriptural revelation of God's trustworthy character and nature, we will reflect the same.
"Beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, we are changed into the same image, from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord" (II Corinthians 3:18).
Our Lord will forever be who He is, and He will always act in accordance with His being. "I am the Lord. I change not… the Lord our God is righteous in all His works which He doeth" (Malachi 3:6; Daniel 9:14). Of all the virtues for which we fall before our good and great Lord, none surpass the glory of His eternally unwavering steadfastness of nature and subsequent action. There is Someone to trust in this life and forevermore, Someone who cannot be other than who He is, and who cannot do other than that which accords with His inviolable I AM. We have no frame of reference for such perfection in anyone other than the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, nor do we need any other. "Thou art God alone" declared the Psalmist who referenced an infinite number of Divine virtues in his affirmation, but who referred to none that should more thrill, fill, and fulfill our enraptured hearts. "Thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds!" declared David. "Great is Thy faithfulness!" echoed Jeremiah (Psalm 36:5; Lamentations 3:23).
In such light, we find our way to faithfulness, be it unto God and unto people. As we gaze into His Word, as we pray, as we trust and submit ourselves to the Lord, and as we seek to love Him and others, we subsequently discover a glory of trustworthiness that not only illuminates us, but also spiritually assimilates within us through the working of the Holy Spirit. "We are changed into the same image" promises the Apostle Paul regarding God's greatest gift to us, namely, to conform us to His own image (Romans 8:29). Faithfulness, our faithfulness, proceeds from Faithfulness, His faithfulness. Thus, all glory flows to the only One worthy of it, to "God, the faithful God" and the wellspring of all truth and trustworthiness. Yes, there is Someone to trust in this life and forevermore. Let us fall before Him even now in love, adoration, praise, and the faithfulness of giving unto our blessed Lord the glory due to His holy name…
"O Lord, Thou art my God. I will exalt Thee, I will praise Thy name, for Thou hast done wonderful things. Thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth."
Weekly Memory Verse
And the heavens shall praise Thy wonders, o Lord, Thy faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints.