As I looked back on 2016, the song “He’s Been Faithful” came to mind. The lyrics by Damaris Carbaugh pretty much sums it up.
In my moments of Fear
Though Every Pain Every Tear
There’s A God Who’s Been Faithful To Me
When My Strength Was All Gone
When My Heart Had No Song
Still In Love He’s Proved Faithful To Me
Every Word He’s Promised Is True
What I Thought Was Impossible
I’ve Seen My God Do
He’s Been Faithful
Faithful To Me
He’s been faithful, faithful to me
Looking Back He’s Love And Mercy I See
Though In My Heart I Have Questioned
And Failed To Believe
He’s Been Faithful, Faithful To Me
When My Heart Looked Away
The Many Times I Could Not Pray
Still My God Was Faithful To Me
The Days Are Spent So Selfishly
Reaching Out For What Pleased Me
Even Then God Was Faithful To Me
Every Time I Come Back To Him
He Is Waiting with Open Arms
And I See Once Again
There has not been a moment that I could pinpoint when God was not faithful.
Truth be told, I could look back and pinpoint many moments when I was not faithful to Him. And therein lies the crux of the matter.
I want to challenge us to do a faith-walk this year.
What do I mean?
Well, let’s not just talk the talk, but let’s walk the walk.
What do I mean?
Let’s not quote Phil. 4:13 (I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.) yet when an opportunity knocks refuse to open the door because it takes us out of our comfort zone.
Let’s not quote John 14:27 (…let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid), but allow our hearts to fail us when confronted with an unexpected situation.
Do you see where I’m going with this?
Someone recently said to me, “But faith is something that develops,” and that is true.
But how will you ever develop it if you never exercise it?
Imagine if your spouse required hourly reassurance of your faithfulness to them. Now as much as you love them, I could imagine that constantly repeating yourself would become tiresome. But is this not how we treat God?
An obstacle came our way; we prayed about it and God took care of it. A week later, a different challenge crops up but instead of turning to God, we hold our heads and bemoan our fate.
Didn’t God JUST come through for us? Why do we forget so easily?
God was there for us yesterday; He will be there for us today and He will still be there tomorrow. We just need to have a little faith. (Remember, only a mustard seed sized faith is required.)
So let us make this year one of faith, you and I.Let us hold tightly to God’s promises and purpose in our hearts that come what may we will not let go of them.
I guarantee that we won’t be sorry.
May 2017 be a spiritually-uplifting year for all of us as we continue on this journey, is my prayer in Jesus’s name.