The Longest Chapter – Part 12 March 29, 2016

Your eternal Word, O Lord, stands firm in heaven.

Your faithfulness extends to every generation, as enduring as the earth You created.

Your regulations remain true to this day for everything serves Your plans.

If Your instructions had not sustained me with joy, I would have died in my misery.

I will never forget Your commandments for by them You give me life.

I am Yours; rescue me! For I have worked hard at obeying Your commandments.

Though the wicked hide along the way to kill me, I will quietly keep my mind on Your laws.

Even perfection has its limits but Your commands have no limit.

Psalm 119: 89-96

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Eternal – for us who are bound by time, ‘eternal’ captures our imagination.  It is defined as ‘lasting or existing forever; without end or beginning.’  As God is eternal, so must His Word be also.  Therefore, when the next verse continues, ‘Your faithfulness extends to every generation’, that is the natural progression of the truth that His Word and therefore, God Himself, is eternal.  But what does that mean for us?

The Hebrew word translated “faithfulness” means “steadfastness, firmness, fidelity.” The direct opposite is to be constantly changing or wishy-washy.  God speaks never-ending truth. If God spoke something a thousand years ago, it still stands as new and as fresh as if He spoke it this morning. He is faithful to His Word, because His Word is an expression of His character. Malachi 3:6 tells us that He never changes and therefore, His promises hold true.

We learn to trust the character of a person by getting to know that person. And we get to know God through studying His Word.  We learn that God never changes and never lies (Numbers 23:19; 1 Samuel 15:29). We learn through Scripture that God has never failed in the past (Isaiah 51:6). He was always true to His Word as He worked in the lives of the children of Israel. When He said He would do something, He did it (Numbers 11:23).

The more we learn of His Word, the more our trust grows for His proven character testifies of His faithfulness.  He will never cease acting like God. He will never cease being sovereign, being holy, or being good.

When we reflect on our own life, we realize how faithful He has been to us personally. God commanded the Israelites to “Remember” (Deuteronomy 8:2; Isaiah 46:9). He knew that when they called to mind all that God had done for them in the past, they could more easily trust Him for the future. Like the Israelites, we need to regularly stop and give thanks for all the ways God has cared for us, provided for us and delivered us throughout our life.  A very effective means of strengthening our sense of gratitude and remembrance is to keep a prayer journal. As we review all the ways God has answered our prayers, and all the lessons we have learned through His Word, we are energized to continue to trust and obey Him. We learn to trust God’s future faithfulness by remembering His past faithfulness.

Biblical Faith is trusting in the character of God before we see how He is going to work things out.

He has given us His Word, and His promises still stand. As we see the ways He brings His promises to fulfillment, our trust in His faithfulness grows. Just as our trust in other people grows with daily interaction, our trust in God grows the same way. We trust Him when we know Him, and to know Him is to trust Him. When we know Him, we can rest in His goodness, even when we don’t understand the circumstances that seem to contradict it.

God’s plan for us will prevail. Look at what the prophet Jeremiah wrote:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.  In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for Me wholeheartedly, you will find Me. I will be found by you.” Jer. 29: 11-12

Whatever your circumstances or challenges in life may be at the moment, may the cry of the psalmist and the words of Jeremiah encourage and strengthen you this day to seek the Lord and His Word with every increasing devotion.

Til next Tuesday, God bless….

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One thought on “The Longest Chapter – Part 12 March 29, 2016

  1. I love your insight of God’s word , they speak to the deep parts of my soul. Thank you what a blessing you are to those that know you. Blessings to you. Brice

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