God and faithfulness go hand and hand, much like so many of the other amazing attributes of our Heavenly Father. It is definitely something that we don't deserve. It's not something we even have to work for, because our Father is just that good. Many of us might question that, and want to know what they have to do to earn God's faithfulness. It’s not something unrealistic like we might think. It is the exact same thing that was required of the children of Israel. I'm, sure you're asking, what was required of the Children of Israel?
All God required of the children of Israel was their love and dedication. God wanted them to love Him and never forget Him. He wants our loyalty. He wants us to be faithful to Him. The simplest way to understand a relationship with God is to realize that the same things we require from our earthly relationships are required by our spiritual relationship. Just as we have to spend time talking, sharing, laughing, and just enjoying the company of our loved ones, we as believers should have time set aside to spend with God. We should enjoy spending time in the presence of God. There is nothing like being in the presence of God. Psalms 16:11 says, “you make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore”.
We must understand how important a relationship with God is. I mean really, we could stay in his presence and in good standing with Him just to gain the benefits of that relationship. A relationship with God is much more fulfilling because we love Him. We shouldn’t do things because of what we can gain or out of obligation. Tap into that genuine love. To love someone means to be concerned with the things that concern them, so to love God is to be concerned with the things of God and concerned with pleasing Him. God loves us so much and has proven so again and again. His love and faithfulness is unlike anything that you could ever experience.
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The most important point to pull from this is that we must never forget God. We can never forget what He has brought us out of. Never forget our past. Now I’m not saying to hold onto the past and use it as a tool to condemn yourself because when you choose Christ you are a new creature.
The purpose of never forgetting our past struggles is only to use that to serve as a testimony to God. When we look back at the mess that some of our lives were before we gave it to God, it stands as a testimony to God’s power, to His grace, to His mercy, to His Love, and ultimately to his faithfulness. The interesting thing about our walk as demonstrated by the children of Israel is that we don’t realize how faithful God is to us until we make mistakes and fall out of proper relationship with Him. So many times we mess up….even when God gives us instructions on what to do to keep from messing up, we still don’t listen and end up making mistakes. But God is sooooo faithful that he still redeems us.
Proverbs 106 talks about how the children of Israel received instruction from God about how to remain in relationship with Him, but they still fall time and time again. The awesome thing is that even after not heeding God’s instructions, being the magnificent loving God He is, He still remains loyal and faithful to them.
It’s amazing to me how much God loves us! We are so not deserving of the faithfulness of God, but because we are His children and because He loves us, we are privileged. If you have taken anything away from this, I hope it is that you should never forget God. Once He has delivered you and given you the promises He said He would, don’t forget Him. Always worship Him and be faithful to Him. Cherish God’s faithfulness to us and have peace in the fact that even when we make a mistake he is right there to pick us up again.
Can you remember a time where God was there for you even when you felt He shouldn’t be?
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