Ponder and Pray

[ 0 ] January 18, 2009 |

Poignant statement: The Bible says “I am God and I change not” and this statement causes me to worship, depend, fear and love Him. He is absolute and consistent. Praise be to God.


 

Subject: My God is faithful

Scripture: Lamentation 3:19-25

 

We live in a multicultural and multi-religious society and so it is hard to keep our faith pristine pure. But if we spend reasonable time with the Word of God, we do realize that we have the truth of God and this truth is the most reliable one. If we do not believe in the Word of God without reservation to the exclusion of all else then we need to really examine our faith. This word of God has the most noble and most lofty view of God than any religious scripture of the world. Today I want to just touch on the subject ‘the faithfulness of God’. The word faithfulness means reliability, consistency and dependability. Our God is all that and much much more.
We see amazing faithfulness in creation. When other religion describes how the creation came into being their stories are most unbelievable and ludicrous. But when the Bible describes then it is simply that “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth”. What a wonderful creation we have and as we observe around us we are just wonderstruck. God created the ground we walk, the air we breathe and all the wonderful things around us. I am mystified to see a little puny ant running around foraging for food to the mighty sun with blazing fire. How could all these come about if an intelligent God had not created what we see. If we begin to see and study His creation we will be overwhelmed. God not only created the world and let it go on its own as a watchmaker but today He is personally watching its each move and controlling it. So when we think of God as the God of creation then the following quotation comes to mind.
“I want creation to penetrate you with so much admiration that wherever you go, the least plant may bring you the clear remembrance of the Creator. …One blade of grass or one speck of dust is enough to occupy your entire mind in beholding the art with which it has been made. … The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof. O God, enlarge within us the sense of fellowship with all living things, even our brothers, the animals, to whom Thou gavest the earth as their home in common with us. …We remember with shame that in the past we have exercised the high dominion of man with ruthless cruelty so that the voice of the earth, which should have gone up to thee in song, has been a groan of pain. May we realize that they live, not for us alone, but for themselves and for Thee and that they love the sweetness of life.” St. Basil the Great (329-379)

We see the faithfulness of God in His dealing with the nation of Israel. The Lord formed a nation out of one man Abraham and most of His promises to Israel are fulfilled and as we see the world scene unfolding we have confidence that the rest will be fulfilled too.

We see the faithfulness of God in prophecy. Some Bible scholars have said that all except the last days of prophesy is fulfilled and we are living in the last days of our time here on earth.

One Bible scholar Hugh Ross says “Unique among all books ever written, the Bible accurately foretells specific events-in detail-many years, sometimes centuries, before they occur. Approximately 2500 prophecies appear in the pages of the Bible, about 2000 of which already have been fulfilled to the letter—no errors. (The remaining 500 or so reach into the future and may be seen unfolding as days go by.) Since the probability for any one of these prophecies having been fulfilled by chance averages less than one in ten (figured very conservatively) and since the prophecies are for the most part independent of one another, the odds for all these prophecies having been fulfilled by chance without error is less than one in 102000 (that is 1 with 2000 zeros written after it)!
We see the faithfulness of God in the incarnation of Jesus because centuries before the birth of Jesus God had promised His coming. He had prophesied that the Messiah would come and usher in the kingdom of God and that was fulfilled when around 2000 years ago when Jesus

came as a baby. We can read from the word of God all the details of His life. Many times Jesus Himself referred that His coming was the fulfillment of the prophecy of the Old Testament. When Simeon held the baby Jesus and prayed, he said “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation…”

We will see His faithfulness when one day He will come to the world to take his saints and initiates us into a new world. The Lord spoke in uncertain term that He was not only risen but will come back again and take His people to be with Him for ever and ever.

Beloved, let us shout with joy and dance with all our might in the knowledge of these wonderful truths. We need to firmly believe and let it not go out of our hands. We should be willing to live and if needed be willing to die too. Till He comes let us cling to him. Peter says “And we have the word of the prophets, made, more certain and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.” This world is a dark place and so the only light we have is the word of God till Jesus the Morning Star comes. When we see the morning star we know that the day is dawning and light will eventually come. We know the darkness is in the passing and the dawn is surely to come. The most wonderful thing to remember is that this is the only dawn which will bring the morning which will never end and will last as long as eternity. We are children of light and morning. We are destined for effulgence and everlasting light and never ending morning.

When life becomes intolerable and hard, let us remember that He has promised to see us through. He is faithful and if we cling to him then He will save us from falling away. Jude says ‘He is able to keep us from falling and to present us before God’s glorious presence without fault and with great joy’

Poignant statement: The Bible says “I am God and I change not” and this statement causes me to worship, depend, fear and love Him. He is absolute and consistent. Praise be to God.


Prayer: Lord, at times I find life hard but help me to cling to you because I have no hope except you. I depend on you because only you are reliable and dependable.

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