When I saw the word for this week’s One Word at a Time Blog Carnival I didn’t plan on participating.
Obviously you could talk about marriage, friendship and more — but the faithfulness of God was what came to my mind.
I really wasn’t feeling like God was very faithful.
Right there this tells you how skewed my state of mind was. Instead of looking closely at how faithful I’ve been to Him, I wanted to criticize how faithful He’s been in keeping His promises to me.
In Exodus, God made the covenant with the Israelites on Mt. Sinai. The covenant He formed with them was both familiar and singular. Covenants between sovereigns and vassals occurred throughout the Ancient Near East; one such example was a suzerain treaty.
In a suzerain treaty the king would agree to protect an inferior group of people. He became their ruler and they agreed to follow him. The treaty would include stipulations which the lesser group must agree to. In the event that the covenant stipulations were broken, the agreement would be void.
5 Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep my covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; 6 and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. Exodus 19:5-6
The Lord created a suzerain treaty with the Israelites; He would be their Lord and they would be His people. The difference between this covenant and the normal one was that God placed stipulations on Himself as well.
Imagine if the President ceased to be the President due to his failure to uphold the promises he made to the people.
As Christians, God has made promises to us. Through the covenant we enter into with Him — sealed by the blood of Jesus — we are His people and He is our Lord. The Bible is full of promises to us: protection, salvation, provision, wisdom, healing, the list goes on and on.
So, maybe it’s understandable that I began to feel a little entitled. Like a spoiled child, I threw a fit when I wasn’t getting my way. I forgot the mantra that I repeat to my children, “Little boys/girls who throw fits don’t get their way.”
I threw a fit that God allowed my grandma to get so sick.
I threw a fit that He allowed me to feel hurt and alone.
I threw a fit that life wasn’t happening according to the timeline I wanted.
You know what? It only made me feel worse.
I found myself feeling separated from God. I no longer enjoyed that intimacy with Him that is yet another promise to us Christians.
So I threw a fit about that too.
Thankfully God doesn’t treat me the same way I treat my children. He’s more generous, patient and understanding.
I’m not saying that throwing a fit made God change His behavior to me. I’m saying that in spite of my rotten attitude, God faithfully persisted in His normal treatment toward me.
This past weekend I took an unexpected trip. Throughout my travels I saw His hand so evident in my life.
He healed, He nourished, He strengthened, He spoke, He loved.
“Your lovingkindness, O LORD, extends to the heavens, Your faithfulness reaches to the skies.” Psalm 36:5
“21 This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. 22 The LORD’S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:21-23
“If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.” 2 Timothy 2:13
He was faithful.
**Take a look at what others had to say about Faithfulness during the One Word at a Time Blog Carnival hosted by Bridget Chumbley.
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