Absence makes the heart grow fonder, or makes it wander.
If you’ve been around a while, you’ve probably heard a version of this old saying. Which one is true do you think?
Recalling it today puts me in mind of this seed from the Fruit of the the Spirit: faithfulness.
We seem to have an easier time being “faithful” when we can see evidence of our commitments. But what happens when we can’t?
Isn’t that what faith is though?
Hebrews 11:1 (GNT) says, “To have faith is to be sure of the things we hope for, to be certain of the things we cannot see.”
The whole point of faith is being committed even when you cannot see.
To say that God is faithful to us is putting it mildly. Can He say the same about us?
Of course, to say that God is faithful is our way of trying to comprehend God’s awesome and unending love for us.
Because God doesn’t need faith; He sees the end from the beginning, and He knows our potential. If we would only put our trust and confidence in Him; if only we had faith!
We are reminded how critical faith is to our Christian experience in Hebrews 11:6 (CSV), “But without faith, no one can please God. We must believe that God is real and rewards everyone who searches for Him.”
It is at the very core of our relationship with God!
So how can we show our faithfulnes to God?
“So then, dear friends, as you always obeyed me when I was with you, it is even more important that you obey me now while I am away from you…”
Philippians 2:12 GNB
Let us not abandon our commitment at the first sign of trouble, which we are told will come. Let us not forget our love for God. (Revelations 2:4)
The Christian life is not always smooth sailing, but the constant and consistent renewal of our minds in the Word of God will help us stay in the ship when the turbulence hits.
Note that the enemy doesn’t always use the negative to draw us away. It won’t always be pain, sickness, tears or death.
He knows the appeal of the attractive. Sometimes it is subtle; other times it is bam, in our faces.
But God provides an, “…ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see.” Revelations 3:18 (NLT) If we remain connected to God, He will help us to discern right from wrong.
When we are tempted to stray, let us hit the tempter with, “It is written…” and he will run away from us. (James 4:7)
If it worked for Jesus; it will surely work for us!
Will it always be easy? No!
But there are close to 80 biblical references to faithfulness which tells me that God is not asking us to do this on our own. He is with us every step of the way.
In 2019, may God find us faithful!
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