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cropped-rose-4.gifPsalm 36:5, “Your mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds”

Hebrews 10:23, “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for he is faithful that promised”

Deuteronomy 31:8 says, “The LORD, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you nor forsake you.” In a world where we can’t always depend on guarantees, there is one promise we can trust. Throughout Scripture we find the Lord’s pledge to be with His people (Deuteronomy 31:8). My friend this promise is repeated in the New Testament, “He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we may boldly say, ‘The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?’” (Hebrews 13:5-6).

The promise of God’s unfailing presence with us is the key to living with confidence and contentment. No matter how many pledges are broken by people, God’s promises and His faithfulness will last through all time and eternity. I will share with you another beautiful poem written by Annie Johnson Flint which speaks about God’s Promises and Faithfulness and is entitled:

Faithful Is He Who Has Promised

Are you passing through a testing?
Is your pillow wet with tears?
Do you wonder what the reason,
Why it seems God never hears?
Why it is you have no answer
To your oft, repeated plea,
Why the heaven still is leaden
As you wait on bended knee?

Do you wonder as you suffer,
Whether God does understand,
And if so, why He ignores you,
Fails to hold you in His Hand?
Do black doubts creep in, assail you,
Fears without–and fears within,
Till your brave heart almost falters
And gives way to deadly sin?

All God’s testings have a purpose,
Someday you will see the light.
All He asks is that you trust Him,
Walk by faith and not by sight.
Do not fear when doubts beset you,
Just remember – He is near;
He will never, never leave you,
He will always, always hear.

Faithful is He who has promised,
He will never let you fall,
Daily will the strength be given
Strength for each and strength for all.
He will gladly share pain with you,
He will gladly give you peace.
Till your tired and weary body
Finds its blessed, glad release.

When the darkened veil is lifted,
Then, dear heart, you’ll understand
Why it is you had to suffer,
Why you could not feel His hand
Giving strength when it was needed,
Giving power and peace within
Giving joy thru tears and trial,
Giving victory over sin.
So till then just keep on trusting,
Thru the sunshine and the rain.

Further thoughts:

When my best friend James, was in college, his roommate was engaged to a woman who lived some 900 miles away. He was a worrier and a pessimist, so he was constantly questioning the closeness of their relationship. He would worry that they were drifting apart. If a day came without a letter, he would convince himself that she didn’t love him any longer and was about to break up with him. James would get so fed up with his worrying that he would insist that his roommate call her. He always discovered that nothing had changed and that she wasn’t wavering in her love. Greatly relieved, he would kick himself for having doubted, and he would promise not to worry again, which only lasted a few days.

Although we sometimes falter in our faith and question God’s love for us as mentioned in the poem, He remains faithful. Even when we doubt His promises, or don’t feel close to Him, or choose to sin, His faithfulness still “reaches to the clouds” (Psalm 36:5). We can be sure God will do all He said He would do (1 Thessalonians 5:24; 2 Thessalonians 3:3). His promises are backed up by His flawless character. In those times when you don’t feel close to God, remind yourself that His feelings for you haven’t changed. It’s not a matter of how you feel at the moment, but the fact of the rock-solid faithfulness and promises of God, our Creator.

Looking back, His love and mercy I see,
Though in my heart I have questioned,
Even failed to believe,
Yet He’s been faithful, faithful to me. – Cymbala

When we have nothing left but God, we find that God is enough.