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For many, these days of uncertainty are scary. The threat of catching a deadly disease is a reality every moment of every day. The stock market is down. People are challenged to stay away from each other. The grocery stores are picked clean and toilet paper has become a valued commodity. What is happening?
We pray for our country, families, friends and neighbors with little security that everything is going to be ok. CS Lewis asserted that pain is God’s “megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” According to Lewis, one way God gets our attention through pain is that we become humbled and less self-sufficient. It appears to me that is exactly what is happening.
Trusting in ourselves during times of trouble has never solved anything long term.
Understanding and trusting in the faithfulness of God can give us great peace. In Hebrew, faithfulness means steadfastness, firmness, and fidelity. God is faithful by His nature; He can never be anything but faithful.
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22–23)
“Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. Your faithfulness continues through all generations” (Psalm 119:89–90).
One of the greatest historical examples found in the Scriptures concerning God’s faithfulness is the covenant that God made with Abraham around 2,000 BC.
The Abrahamic Covenant is an unconditional covenant. The actual covenant is found in Genesis 12:1–3 where God promises to Abraham land and descendants greater than all the stars in the sky. Included in the descendants was the ‘seed” referring to Jesus.
Later in Genesis 15, the covenant is sealed in the convent tradition. Abraham gathered up the animals needed and brought them to where God told him go and then he cut them in half and made a trough for the blood to pool. God, symbolized by a torch, walked through the blood of the sacrificed animals saying that if what He promised to Abraham about the land and the coming descendants including the coming Messiah was not true, then Abraham could do to Him what he did to the animals. Now it was Abraham’s turn to walk through the blood of the sacrificed animals, symbolizing that the descendants would promise to follow God and not sin. If mankind sinned, then God would do to Abraham what he did to the animals. Because of God’s grace and faithfulness, God put Abraham in a stupor ,because He knew that Abraham could never keep such a promise for himself and all of mankind and walked the blood bath for him in the form of a smoking pot. This meant that if man sinned, God would have done to him what was done to the animals.
God proved His faithfulness to all mankind when 2000 years later, God the Son was born, just as God had promised. Sinless Jesus was the only one who could pay the penalty for the sins of all mankind, past, present and future. At the age of 33, Jesus, claimed to be God, and was sentenced to death. He was beaten so badly that his skin literally ripped into pieces. Then he was crucified on a cross to pay the ultimate sacrifice for the sins of all of us. The death of Jesus fulfilled the promise he made to Abraham and to all of his descendants, which includes all of us on earth today!
God is faithful. Whatever He says will come to be. There are 48 prophesies in the Scripture concerning the Messiah, God’s Son Jesus. They range from predicting where Jesus would be born, how much money Judas Iscariot was to be paid for betraying Jesus, the donkey Jesus would ride, the arrest and trials of the chief priests and elders and even in Psalms 22:16 the details of how Jesus would die by the piercing His hands and feet hundreds of years before crucifixion was practiced. God fulfilled every single one of the prophecies. Why? Because God is faithful to His Word. He loves us.
“Understand, therefore, that the Lord your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands” (Deuteronomy 7:9).
“But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness” (1John 1:9). “The saying is trustworthy, for: If we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful—for he cannot deny himself” (2 Timothy 2:11-13).