Monday, May 9, 2011

True Faithfulness

"...Lord God of Israel, there is no god like you in heaven above or on earth below! You keep your covenant with your people and show them your love when they live in wholehearted obedience to you." 1 Kings 8:23 GNT

This scripture verse comes from a blessing King Solomon spoke over God's people on the day the nation dedicated the temple. By that point in history, Moses had been dead for well over 400 years. God had give His people ample time to observe His trustworthiness.

What makes Solomon's testimony especially stunning is the fact that during those many years, God's people had chalked up a pretty spotty record in the faith department.

Included in those years were decades spent under the leadership of Joshua and David--on the whole, godly leaders of a godly (yet not sinless) people. In fact, you could use two words to sum up those centuries--idolatrous and brutal.

Yet the golden cord of your Heavenly Father's faithfulness winds its way through every day of all those decades and centuries. Not one word of our Lord's good promises had ever failed. He had proven Himself fully trustworthy time and time again. And of course, He will continue to do that in your life today.

Are you counting on specific promises today? Or are you worried that your faithlessness or disobedience might have voided God's promises to you? Then turn with repentant faith to the cross of your Savior. Confess your sins and cling to His promise to forgive and cleanse you from all unrighteousness. Then claim all the other promises you need as well. They are yours in Christ Jesus.

"But if we confess our sins to God, he will keep his promise and do what is right: he will forgive us our sins and purify us from all our wrongdoing." 1 John 1:9 GNT

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