May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it. I Thessalonians 5:24
One of my favorite books is “Hind’s Feet on High Places” by Hannah Hurnard. The book is an allegory of the Christian life. The heroine “Much Afraid” journeys to the High Places following the chief shepherd, who is easily seen by Christians to be Christ. There is one point in the story where the shepherd tells Much Afraid “Have I not said it? Will I not do it?” Many of the lines in the story are almost direct quotes from Scripture, but I had been unable to find a verse to correlate with this one until I stumbled across the above verse.
I started thinking about faithfulness. I look back at my own Christian journey and see many, many places where I have not been faithful. I know there are times, in the middle of the night, or when faced with what seem to me to be scary times, doubts start to wend their way into my mind. “What if’s….” can come to the fore. I admit that there are times I wonder if God has forgotten all about me. I wonder about His purpose for my life.
I am so glad God is not like me. I can run to His word and see His promises. And His promises are based upon His character. God cannot lie. God cannot change. God is faithful. Whatever He has promised, He will do.
Have you looked into the promises God has for you as a believer? I find that dwelling on those promises seem to be, for me, the only way to get through those dark places. Trusting that God is faithful, that He will do what He says, knowing that He loves me, even when my emotions cry out otherwise.
Do you have a verse you claim in the dark times? Have you sought through scripture to find a verse that is God’s promise for you to cling to? There are so many promises, but perhaps there is one God will inscribe on your heart, that you can carry with you through good times and bad, remembering that He has said it .. and He WILL do it.
Father God, How grateful I am that You are a faithful God, that you will do the things you say. I praise you for your character, your faithfulness, your trustworthiness. And Lord, I praise You and thank you that you have given us Your word. Amen and Amen. So be it, Lord