Drinking Deeply

Monday, August 21, 2006 at 9:42 PM

Attributes of God (10)

A walk through A.W. Pink's Attributes of God. Feel free to read along and comment.

Ch. 10: The Faithfulness of God-

This was a refreshing chapter. Focused upon God's faithfulness, it reminded me that God is so unlike man. People are prone to change their minds, people are prone to forget their promises. People break covenants, people don't deliver. Even the best of Christians are faithless at times.

Yet, God is the faithful one. The unchanging. God is faithful even when we are faithless, for he cannot deny himself. Great is thy faithfulness. Great is thy faithfulness. His faithfulness is demonstrated in all the promises he's already fulfilled. His faithfulness is shown through Abraham, Moses, Joshua, and finally, in Christ. So we have a God we can trust, not a capricious one that changes at a whim, but one that will fulfill His promises, no matter what. It may take a few generations, but God is faithful. He's got a plan.

Do I trust the Lord? I preached a sermon on God's faithfulness and Joshua 1:1-5 (that'll go up after some modifications after Sept. 10), and the call I made was “trust God.” Do I? Do I trust Him that He has a good plan even in the midst of controversy and disapproval? In the midst of a broken and lost world? In the midst of a broken and lost family? Do I trust the Lord when He says that all things work together for good for those who love Him?

Or do I question, “why Lord? How long? I don't understand.”

Too often it is much more the latter. That saddens me and humbles me. Here was a passage that brought tears to my eyes:

There are seasons in the lives of all when it is not easy, no not even for Christians, to believe that God is faithful. Our faith is sorely tried, our eyes bedimmed with tears, and we can no longer trace the outworkings of His love. Our ears are distracted with the noises of the world, harassed by the atheistic whisperings of Satan, and we can no longer hear the sweet accents of His still small voice. Cherished plans have been thwarted, friends on whom we relied have failed us, a profest brother or sister in Christ has betrayed us. We are staggered. We sought to be faithful to God, and now a dark cloud hides Him from us. We find it difficult, yea, impossible, for carnal reason to harmonize His frowning providence with His gracious promises. Ah, faltering soul, severely-tried fellow-pilgrim, seek grace to heed Isaiah 50:10, "Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of His servant, that walketh in darkness and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God."

When you are tempted to doubt the faithfulness of God, cry out, "Get thee hence, Satan." Though you cannot now harmonize God’s mysterious dealings with the avowals of His love, wait on Him for more light. In His own good time He will make it plain to you. "What I do thou knowest not now, but thou shalt know hereafter" (John 13:7). The sequel will yet demonstrate that God has neither forsaken nor deceived His child. "And therefore will the Lord wait that He may be gracious unto you, and therefore will He be exalted, that He may have mercy upon you: for the Lord is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for Him" (Isa. 30:18).

God is faithful in His promises, and He's also faithful in His wrath. He's faithful with what the fall has done. He's faithful in His solution. He's faithful in telling us the only way out. He afflicts us in faithfulness. He chastises us in faithfulness.

Faithful Lord. So unchanging.

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