The Lord is Trustworthy

It says in Psalm 145:13b, “The Lord is trustworthy in all He promises, and faithful in all He does.”  When we are not trustworthy, He is.  When we are not faithful, He is.  I love the fact that when I have not been faithful to Him, in spending time with Him or in His Word, He is still faithful to me.  He is waiting on me to show up for our next appointment.  He is always on the ready for our next adventure together.  I may be the one not showing up on time or on a regular basis, but He is and He is always waiting for my attention.

I’ve heard people say “I don’t feel close to God right now.”  Or “I don’t believe God is doing anything for me now.”  I’ve heard others say, “I don’t feel like God is hearing me.”  All these are common thoughts or phrases.  But keep in mind, He is the one that is faithful and trustworthy.  If we are not feeling close to God, it is because we have put others or other things in front of Him and have not spent enough time with Him.

Saints, in I John 5:15, it says, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”  We only have to go back to the Word to remind us that when we ask, He hears!  Now it is up to us to fine tune our relationship with HIm to hear Him when He answers.  We can’t blame God for our unfaithfulness if we are not spending quality time with Him.  

The next verse, it says, “15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.”  But we must be confident that He hears us.  His Word says He does.  If we believe the inerrant Word of God, then we must believe that when we ask, He hears. And if we know that He hears us, then we know that He will answer.

One of the things that we Christians are commanded to do, is to become more like Christ.  So strive toward faithfulness and trustworthiness in the things of God.  Be faithful to spending time with your Father.  Be trustworthy to show up for your appointments with Him.  He is faithful and trustworthy, waiting patiently for your next appointment together.

Precious Promises

The ladies at our church have begun a bible study using Sheila Walsh’s “The Shelter of God’s Promises” series, and I have been so blessed to hear what she has to say.  My focus this year in my studies is going to be on the promises of God. Knowing what He has promised me will encourage and strengthen me in all my endeavors this year.  Sheila mentioned in the study the definitions of “precious,” and it really hit home with me.  One of the definitions of “precious” is “of high price or great value; very valuable or costly.”  Think about the cost that our Lord paid for the fulfillment of these promises.

I Corinthians 6:20 says, “For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”  When we can fathom the price that our Heavenly Father has paid for freedom, we may put into practice the life worthy of His sacrifice.  We are precious in His sight, and His precious promises are for His children.  His promises are precious, of high price or great value.  These promises that are ours are promises that we can live by, be encouraged and strengthened by.

As I go through this study and my own focus this year on the promises of God, I will share with you and hope to encourage you through the Word.  God has given us everything we need to live a godly life; we just have to know the Word and our promises to put them into practice to live this life out.

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,

as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness,

through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,

by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises,

that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature,

having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

II Peter 1:2-4

This is my focus scripture for this year.  This year our family is as full of changes as last year.  Some people believe when their children get over 18 that their parenting is over.  It is not over but it does change.  All my boys are grown and making life choices.  As my husband and I maneuver through the changes of becoming “empty-nesters”, we still want to be there for our children.  I am blessed to have a wonderful husband, three great sons, and a beautiful granddaughter.  We are now adding daughters-in-law, and I am so excited to welcome them into our loud and rambunctious family.