TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21
"The Faithfulness of Faithfulness"
Scripture continually proclaims the faithfulness of God to all who will hear the affirmation and testimony of the Holy Spirit, the prophets, and the apostles.
"Thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth" (Isaiah 25:1).
Consistent reading of Scripture keeps our hearts immersed in the atmosphere and environment of Divine trustworthiness. Every mature believer will attest to times when discouragement seemed to overwhelm the heart, only to be refreshed by the "counsels of old" that renewed confidence in the God who "cannot lie", and whose "faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds" (Titus 1:2; Psalm 36:5). I attempt to maintain as a primary purpose in reading the Bible the quest to discover and grow in the knowledge of our Heavenly Father's perfect integrity. Thereby we know Him better, and thereby we become more like Him as the Faithfulness of the Lord Jesus elicits and empowers in us faithfulness to the Lord Jesus. "Beholding as in glass the glory of the Lord Jesus, we are changed into the same image, from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord" (II Corinthians 3:18).
As the book of Revelation nears its end, the Lord Jesus is depicted in the blessed terms we presently consider: "I saw Heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True" (Revelation 19:11). He is, and every book, chapter, verse, sentence, and word of the Bible sings the anthem to our hearts that there is Someone to trust in this life and forevermore. There is Someone to trust in this moment, and an open Bible leads us to the confidence in God that secures our hearts even as it transforms them into the image of Christ.
"God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ… the entrance of Thy words giveth light."
(II Corinthians 4:4; Psalm 119:130)
Weekly Memory Verse
And the heavens shall praise Thy wonders, o Lord, Thy faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints.