Galatians 5:22-23; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24; Various
A FAITHFUL GOD
Good evening and welcome to our nightly Bible devotional.
Have you ever noticed how fast things change. I was looking on google maps, 3D view of my hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana and I couldn’t believe how much has changed. My old elementary school is now retirement apartments. Many of the streets are now one way. Places I used to hang out have been torn down. It just didn’t seem like that many years have gone by to bring that much change.
From the very beginning when God Almighty created time everything has been in a constant motion of change. Seasons and the calendar changes. Today is the last day of April… where did the time go? Tomorrow we start a new month.
Just like the change of seasons, our live goes through similar changes. The new born begins to crawl and the next thing you know he’s walking around… before long he’s borrowing the car keys… hey where did the time go. I remember being a child in the care of my parents and now I am an adult caring for my father-in-law. We can really see the change of seasons in marriage. I love my wife more and more each day. But the love I have for her now is different than the love I had for her when we first met.
Our seasons of change are often marked by periods of happiness. But others are characterized by sorrow like when we lose a loved one. Other seasons are characterized by difficulty like the times we are going through right now. This is a season that most people will be glad when it is over… but it too has changed us, the way we think, the way we act, the simple way we greet each other.
Everything changes…everything, that is, except God Himself. Even when times get tough the Lord is faithful, and we can always take comfort in knowing this.
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 says, “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.”
Faithfulness is one of God’s unchanging attributes. It means that He always does exactly what He says He will do and acts in accordance with His nature. He can never deny Himself, so when He promises to “sanctify you entirely” (1 Thessalonians 5:23), you can count on Him to make you more like Christ—even using the painful seasons of life to do so.
God’s unchanging nature and faithfulness are the foundation of our hope. Because He won’t change His mind about our salvation, we have the assurance of eternal security. Since He is the sovereign Ruler of the universe, we never have to fear that our world is out of His control. His plans were formed long ago with perfect faithfulness (Isa. 25:1), and no one can frustrate them or turn back His hand (Isa. 14:27).
Because God is faithful, we can have peace of mind in any circumstance—even in the face of death. Although we will change with time and the seasons of life will come and go, our faithful God is always the same. Since we belong to Him through Christ, He will never forget, neglect, or abandon us. He has promised to preserve us “complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23), and He will do it.
His faithfulness means that we can always turn to him even in a season of sin. God’s faithfulness means he will be there to forgive and to help you when you are faced with unbearable temptations, trials, or troubles.
PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear Lord Above, I praise you for always being the same. You are never changing, a constant and steady rock in the shifting flood of life. I thank you for your promises. I thank you for Jesus. I thank you for being true and faithful in all things. And I rest in your promises knowing you will never forsake me. It is in the name of Jesus Christ that I pray to you tonight, AMEN!
Remember Psalm 37:3-4 says, “Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.” Good night and God bless you. I hope you will join us tomorrow night at 6pm.