Wednesday, August 24, 2016

"The Nevers" Part 3 Never Untrustworthy

"The Nevers"

Part 3

Never Untrustworthy

    Never will we find God to be untrustworthy. He cannot speak, act, or relate apart from the perfection of integrity.

    "God… cannot lie" (Titus 1:2).
    "Thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds" (Psalm 36:5).
    "The LORD will not cast off His people, neither will He forsake His inheritance" (Psalm 94:14).

     Of all the "Nevers" of God, His never to be anything other than perfectly faithful assures our hearts and empowers our hands and feet.  Our Lord's complete trustworthiness, known and accessed by faith, blesses our hearts with peace, and then enables our own faithfulness to Him and to people.  First, God assures us that He will always be exactly what we need.  Always.  He cannot be other than who He is.  He can never be less than "faithful and true" (Revelation 19:11).  At times, we may not understand the application of our Heavenly Father's trustworthiness.  We can always, however, be sure of the fact of it.  The "never" of unfaithfulness in God thus provides an eternally safe haven for our hearts in times of both peace and perplexity.  "The Lord will be the hope of His people" (Joel 3:16).

    Such assurance also births and nurtures our own devotion to trustworthiness.  We cannot yet achieve the "never" of unfaithfulness as is true of our Lord.  However, the more we embrace His perfection, the more we progress along the path of righteousness to Christ's faithfulness empowering our own integrity.  "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 reflect His character as we fulfill our commitments, keep our word, and devote ourselves to being in conduct who we are in Christ.  No quality of God's character more reveals the essence of His loving nature than faithfulness.  The same quality revealed in believers most directs honor to the One who progressively works in us to conform us to the image of His Son.  "But the Lord is faithful, who shall establish you" (I Thessalonians 3:3).

   Let us plant the truth deeply within our hearts and minds: our God will never think, speak, or act apart from perfect and pristine trustworthiness.  Such blessedness gives pause for much praise and thanksgiving, and for much expectation that the more we realize this "Never" of our Lord, the more He will empower our own devotion to faithfulness.  

"Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on Thee."
(Psalm 25:21)
"It is required in stewards, that a may be found faithful."
(I Corinthians 4:2)

Weekly Memory Verse
   Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
 (I Timothy 1:17)

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