Thursday, August 13, 2015

"Reflections of Faithfulness"

    God cannot be other than who He is, nor can He do anything that does not coincide with His perfect character and nature.

    "He cannot deny Himself… The Lord is righteous in all His ways, and holy in all His works" (II Timothy 2:13; Psalm 145:17).

    I often consider this wondrous truth when I fail to act in accordance with, as the saying goes, "Whose and who I am."  Born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ belong to God, and in Christ we are "created in righteousness and true holiness" (Ephesians 4:24).  Unlike our Heavenly Father, however, the fruits of our lives do not always accord with the fact of our Life.  One day this will be the case, but not yet.  "When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall we appear with Him in glory… Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be.  But we know that when He shall appear, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is" (Colossians 3:4; I John 3:2).  Again, the contrast between ourselves and God often manifests itself in His perfect consistency and our lack thereof.  

    Such Truth presents opportunity for awed worship and appreciation of our blessed Lord.  Someone exists who will be tomorrow who He is today, and He will be today who He was yesterday.  Moreover, He will act accordingly, and even more wonderfully, "as for God, His way is perfect" (II Samuel 22:31).  This means that there is Someone to trust in the universe, especially for those who recognize and acknowledge our too frequent (although never excusable) lack of trustworthiness.  Interestingly, the reception of this Truth accomplishes in us the growth we require in being more consistent.  That is, the more we discover in our hearts, minds, and lives the reality of God's perfect faithfulness, the more find ourselves enabled to walk in greater faithfulness.  "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).  We serve as moons reflecting the sun, as it were, or more literally, as sons and daughters absorbing and then revealing the glory of the Son.

    In times of faithfulness, we rejoice and give all glory to the Source of all righteousness.  In times of unfaithfulness, we repent and look to the same Source as our restoration and hope for more consistent devotion in the present and future.  We find Him to be the same always, and become more like Him as we do.  

"I am the Lord; I change not."
(Malachi 3:6).
"Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering, for He is faithful that promised."
(Hebrews 10:23)

Weekly Memory Verse
    I am persuaded that neither death nor life nor angels nor principalities nor powers nor things present nor things to come nor height nor depth nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
(Romans 8:38-39)

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