Are we Faithful?
7:2 that I gave the charge of Jerusalem to my brother Hanani, and
Hananiah the leader of the citadel, for he was a faithful man and feared
God more than many.
20:6 Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, But who can find a
are the Characteristics of a Faithful Person?
He or she is trustworthy or dependable—you can give them a job
and a deadline and expect them to do what they are supposed to do when
they are supposed to do it. That
is the mark of a good employee, of a good mechanic or carpenter or
handyman. I have known a few
people like this in my life time, but I have known more who took on jobs
that they couldn't or wouldn't do. Sometimes
they made promises that they couldn't or wouldn't keep.
I started buying cars with warranties so that I didn't have to
deal with mechanics who were not faithful.
I figured they could sort out their mischief with the people who
provided the warranty rather than with me. There are some plumbers that
have cost me more money than they are worth because they not only had to
come back twice, but in some cases, their leaks caused problems that had
to be repaired by other plumbers.
He or she tells the truth—you can shake their hand on a
business deal and expect them to live up to their promises. They keep
their promises to their spouses, children and friends.
He or she is loyal--they are willing to defend you when
necessary. A loyal person is
also an honest person and will constructively criticize where necessary.
But a loyal person will never say one thing to your face and
another thing behind your back. A
loyal person wants what is best for their boss or employer or friend.
They aren't constantly “using” them to accomplish their own
agendas. Some people are
only faithful to their friends or family or associations.
A person can be faithful to one group while being completely
deceptive and undependable when it comes to others.
A faithful person doesn't have to tell everyone how faithful they
are--others will take care of that for them.
When someone continues to “blow their own horn” it is usually
because others are not praising them and often there is a reason for
do we know that is truly Faithful?
found Moses to be faithful (Numbers 12:7).
Nehemiah found his brother Hananiah
to be a faithful man and it was apparently due to his fear of God.
We know that when it comes to faithfulness to the Lord, most of
those that we would call faithful to the Lord failed at some juncture in
their life. However, their
hearts were always loyal and their failures were a time for tears.
King David would be one who failed the Lord and his fellow man
but always remained loyal to the Lord.
Peter denied the Lord, but he always loved the Lord.
And of course the best example of faithfulness is the Lord
Himself. He was faithful to
His Father and He was faithful to the people in this world whether they
were Jews or Gentiles.
of us are looking for people to be faithful to us.
We want people who will defend us when others criticize us.
We want emotional support when life becomes a struggle.
But if we want that, how much more does the Lord want and deserve
that? How many of us are
really willing to be dependable with regard to his moral and ceremonial
requests? The Sermon on the
Mount lays out the moral desires of the Lord.
Those issues go to motive which only the Lord really knows.
The Corinthian epistles and the epistles to Timothy and Titus are
the best places to go to find out what pleases the Lord in the
ceremonies and gatherings of the local church.
Are we willing to be completely devoted to the Lord and faithful
to his desires even when popular opinion differs from what is written in
God's faithful word?
know that we cannot truly be faithful to the Lord without believing in
Him. We can't just believe
about Him, we must trust Him. I
settled that issue many years ago. We
cannot be faithful to the Lord without following His instructions on
baptism. We know baptism
never saved anyone from an eternity in hell, but it is the way to take
our public stand with the Lord. Once
baptized we are no longer identified with the world system that rejects
the Lord. Baptism is always
by immersion and it occurs after we have trusted the Lord..
It is a public declaration of our new found faith in the Lord,
and it is a declaration that we have a desire to be faithful to Him.
help us to be among the faithful. Help
us to be loyal and trustworthy to the Lord and to our friends, family
for the week of March 5, 2017
2 Kings 6:15-17 And when
the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an
army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant
said to him, "Alas, my master! What shall we do?" So he
answered, "Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than
those who are with them." And Elisha prayed, and said, "LORD,
I pray, open his eyes that he may see." Then the LORD opened the
eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of
horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
confess, I am a worry wart. The
older I get the more anxious I am about things that I cannot control.
Instead of being glad for all the times the Lord has kept me from
difficulty and heartache, I keep thinking that today may be the day that
a disaster will strike over which I have no control.
Then what am I going to do?
self-reliance is a good thing so long as it doesn't leave God out of the
equation. But I am not a
good plumber and we have had a lot of plumbing problems in our
house—mostly because of shoddy workmanship on the part of the builder
and installer. When the wind
turns to the northwest and begins howling at 30 mph and the temperature
drops to 20 degrees below zero (Fahrenheit), I keep wondering what I am
going to do if the heat tape fails (because it has) or if the furnace
fails (because it has). I
have found very few people that are willing to work on manufactured
homes when emergencies arise and those that do know how to charge.
I keep thinking that if I was proficient like I should be, I
should be able to handle these emergencies myself.
But I can't, so I keep wondering, “What am I going to do?”
is easy for those of you who don't worry about anything to say,
"Just trust in the Lord."
But for those of us who have anxiety problems that just adds to
the problems. Now we not
only have problems we can't “fix”, we are anxious because of our
apparent lack of faith in the Lord's goodness and provision.
It is encouraging to know, however, that even Paul seemed to have
some problems with fear and anxiety.
He says in 1
Corinthians 2:3. "I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much
trembling." He often
talks about his weakness.
Blessing of the Lord's Faithfulness
thing I have learned over the years is that even though I may be
faithless, the Lord is still faithful.
Paul reminds us in 2
Timothy 2:13, “If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot
deny Himself.” God has
answered prayers before I have asked and has met needs that I didn't
even know existed. Why
should a person worry when as Christians we have the Holy Spirit to
guide and comfort us, we have angels surrounding us (Hebrews 1:14,
Psalms 34:7), and we have the word of God to reassure us and instruct
we need to have our eyes opened just like Elisha's servant did.
Things looked pretty bad. The
city was surrounded by the Syrian army, but Elisha had no army.
He had no horses or chariots.
OR DID HE? He told
his servant, "We are not going to have to do anything, open your
eyes and see our army. It is
greater and more powerful than theirs."
I realize that we don't often see the forces that are working on
our behalf today, but they are just as real.
Sometimes, we are kept from problems and sometimes we are guided
through problems. We had a
car accident that could have killed us a few years back because of black
ice. But in three hours we
were in a rental car continuing our trip to the Denver area.
I had no idea that I had a heart blockage 8 years ago.
But Medicare provided me some preventative care and a sharp
doctor recognized a problem on an EKG.
I had a stent put in for a 90 percent blockage in the widow
maker. I was preserved
through a problem. I could
go on and on about the times when something could have happened but
didn't. And so far, I have
never had a plumbing or furnace problem that my worrying fixed and yet
somehow all of them have some how gotten fixed.
I can truthfully say, “If
God is for us, who can be against us (Romans 8:31)?”
And God is for those of us who have trusted His Son.
I realize that there is a difference between being prudent about
things for which we are responsible, and worrying about things that we
cannot control. Help those
of us who trust you to know the difference so that we can enjoy that
peace and rest that is promised to us in your word.
Help us to remember that,
"You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You. (Isaiah 26:3)."
for the week of March 12, 2017