"The Faithfulness of God"
1 Corinthians 10:13 "God is faithful."
These are tremendous words. They are like bedrock. They are like the thick rocky layers builders look for when they seek to erect a skyscraper.
No one can read the Bible's story of humankind intelligently without realizing that God is faithful. We may not be able to understand how this faithfulness can be. We look back over the long history of humankind, or even over the history of those nations who have called themselves God's people, and see how often they have been faithful only to their own sinful selves. One would think that God would have long since called it all off and turned from them.
But we need not look this far abroad to find examples. We need only look back upon our own lives. We have loved, indeed, and been loyal, so often only to our own selves; yet God has never broken faith with us.
One thing He has allowed: He has allowed His people to know the testing of trials. But there is another thing He has not permitted: that we be tried beyond our power. He is faithful; He lets us know our weaknesses. He tests us, but He does not break us. He tries us, but He does not leave us or forsake us. He leaves us always stronger than we were. Through all these trials God wants to lead us to the cross to give perfect healing.
PRAYER: Dear Father, hear us when we cry to You and cause our troubles to produce in us blessings; we ask this for the sake of Your dear Son. Amen.
(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996, Concordia Publishing House (out of print). For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800 325-3040.)
Today's Bible Readings: Genesis 31-32 Matthew 20:1-16
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