Faith and the Faithfulness of God

     It has been way to long since I posted an article. That was not because I have nothing to say or write but rather because my life has been filled with one thing and then another. My down time had to be down time or my head would have been so full of stuff that my body would not have been able to handle it. This is not to say that things have been bad for me; actually the converse is true. The reason I have not posted, at least in part, is because of the things that God has allowed in my life for the preparation of my future.

     For a number of years now it has seemed that all my work would be for naught. Many things went well against the way I thought they should be. Yet God knew of the work He had for me. He knew that I had to endure certain things and that I would not give up on my confidence in Him. This confidence is the “faith” factor I often make reference to. You see, faith is not a simple feeling rather it is absolute confidence that God will do what He said He would do. That is God’s faithfulness to us; that is God is dedicated to our wellbeing.

    Several years ago I endured some personal tragedies. I lost more than I am will to mention in this forum but that it should be known that my looses were severe and devastating. Yet God found reason to remain with me in that His Word promised that He would never leave nor forsake me. And He did not. I was also promised that I would recover more than I lost. That recovery would not only be a blessing to me but that it would also be an amazement to those that sought my demise. This is why I have been able to maintain my confidence and trust in Him. Despite the disappointments of the past years I have been able to shake the dust off my back and push forward. Some of those accomplishments can be found on my Linkedin page http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=37691076&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile. Still, my accomplishments are not by my hand per se rather by the hand and will of God.

     With that in mind it should be noted that I have been applying for jobs nearly across the continent for over two years. There were many disappointing responses and some who did not respond at all. Yet perseverance is key when trusting God. There will be disappointments as well as blessings.  Both serve to not only under gird the truth of God as well as build faith and confidence in the believer. So, I had to use both to my benefit. Yes, I had to laugh and cry. Elation sometimes occurred while dejection tried to rear its ugly head. Nonetheless faith had to stand with the promises of a faithful God.

     Last week Thursday I was blessed with the opportunity to interview for a position in Fort Worth, Texas. It was an hour long interview with four interviewers. The chief interviewer promised a return call the next day. While I awaited her call I was already planning on making that move. I began to research living and other matters that are important to relocating. God remained working in the background and Friday evening around 6:00 P.M. I received the promised call and was offered the position. I accepted.

     My point is that God is faithful to the faithful. Be encouraged and let nothing deter you from the promises of God. Some will ridicule you as some have me. Others will do what they can to derail you. Do not let these things stop you from being faithful to faithful God. No, it will not be easy so just know that God is faithful that promised.

Deuteronomy: Holiness and its Benefits

     The “Second law” has proven to be instrumental in pointing a new generation of God followers to a way of life separate and apart from the lives of those that have chosen to live contrary to the Mandates of God. They were reminded of the things God did on their behalf as well as the consequences of allowing the fallacy of falsehoods to dominate their lives. The evidence is that God is just and will honour His Word even in the face of those that have no trust or reliance on Him. Even more God is faithful to those that have been faithful to Him. This is the reason that holiness cannot and will not go unrewarded.

     Deuteronomy 28:3 clearly shows that those that heed the voice of the Lord our God are promised “ Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.” This very idea of being blessed in both the city and the field is indicative of the fact that God remains with those that love Him. God is faithful and will not leave His people alone. Just as the promise of God to bless the obedient people of holiness in the city and the field meant that He would not leave that young generation of Israelites. The promise is repeated by Jesus to those other adherents of the Word. Just prior to His ascension Christ’s words of encouragement were “and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”

     But words of comfort are not uncommon to the people of God. Promises not to leave the faithful holy ones are evident throughout the holy writ. Take, for instance, the dream of Jacob recorded in Genesis chapter fifteen. The encouraging words of God are, “And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land” (vs. 15). There is no doubt that Jacob would travel in the city and in the field. God was with Jacob’s fathers Abraham and Isaac and would continue to be with those that love, trust and obey His standard of holiness.

     Yet the fact of the blessings of God outlined in Deuteronomy chapter twenty-eight is conditional. God does not haphazardly bestow blessings without a cost. The cost of God’s blessings are certain and sure in that the adherents of His Word must “not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them” (vs. 14). Instead faithfulness to God and His command are a must so that the people of God will be rewarded for faithfulness to the call to holiness. And should that call be heeded  “The Lord shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, and walk in his ways” (vs. 9).

Quick Testimony

It is not my norm to give personal testimonies in a public forum such as this but in light of my post yesterday I think this one to be pertinent.

This morning I had an early appointment with my doctor. We have been working on one issue of concern with me and that concern is my blood pressure. I have been on medications for a couple years but I believe that we can live life without medications. I truly believe in divine health. But there are times when we do things that pull from our health. Even so my discussion with my doctor included the fact that I did not want to spend my entire life taking medication.

Here is the good news. Over the past two years I have lost about forty pounds. When I last saw my doctor I was a little anemic. I was provided vitamins to resolve the issue and anemia is now a thing of the past. And, to top it off, my doctor has reduced my medications by 25% which is on the way to my goal of no medications.

One might say that the wisdom of the doctor is just cause for celebration. While I thank God for a good doctor it is God that has given him the wisdom to guide me to good health. Even more God’s faithfulness to me allows me to walk according to His Word which provides me divine health. The bottom line is that God has my health on the upswing rather than degenerating.