Great is Thy Faithfulness

Have you ever tried to teach someone how to tie their shoes? Or have you ever tried to show someone how to play a musical instrument? To you, the task may be the easiest thing in the world to do, but you must remember, the person who is learning may have never done this before. You may want to get up and leave. You may get frustrated and angry and tell yourself “I cannot help them.” Is that how God feels with us?

Faithfulness is a word that we do not often hear in day-to-day life. We instead hear words like dependable, loyal, and constant. These words all have a similar meaning and are characteristics of our Heavenly Father. Yes, sometimes we feel like we are alone in situations. Yes, sometimes we feel like we are making our life happen on our own. I am here to tell you that no matter how you are feeling, God’s promise to remain faithful will never change.

Deuteronomy 7:9 “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands.”

Look at this verse. Read it and re-read it.

Now let’s break it down.

“Know therefore that the Lord your God is God…”

God is who He says He is. He is never going to change and He is never going to leave. On Earth, we have friends, family, relationships, pets, furniture, etc. All of these things can leave us. Friends can turn their backs on us. Pets can grow old and die. Shoes can get worn so much that they break. Our God is perfect. He is God and He is our God. No one can ever take Him away from us.

“…he is the faithful God…”

We can look to our friends and family for comfort. They should be able to help us, right? Well that is not always the case. Sometimes they do not want to listen. Sometimes they do not know what advice to give. God is the faithful God. He will always listen. He will always lead your heart. As humans, we are not always easy to deal with. We sin against God and sometimes do not feel guilty about it. Does that mean God is not faithful to us anymore? No.

“…keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands.”

God has already shown us through actions that He loves us. God sent His only son to die on a cross for our sins. We can read Romans 5:8 or John 3:16 and be reassured of His love, but the only way we can truly know Gods love is if we fully understand Gods action. Some people blow this off… “oh yeah, I know Jesus died for me.” “oh yes, I know God loves me.” But do you really know Gods love? Love on Earth is much different than love in Heaven. God is faithful and he is going to love us forever. Anyone here on Earth can leave you and never think twice about it.

The second part of this section gives us our action, what we should do. Since God has given us so much, would it be too much to ask if we loved Him faithfully in return? How hard is following His Word? The world is pulling us into actions that are not of God. We have to consciously make an effort to remain in Him.

I think we need to start reciprocating God’s faithfulness. If He is going to be faithful to us, let us be faithful to Him. There is no need to follow the patterns of the world. Is this where we will remain forever? No, as believers, our eternity will be spent in Heaven with God. Would it not make sense,then,  to follow patterns of Heaven and not Earth?

-Megan

He is faithful in the pit

The year 2016 was hard for me. I was in a place where I felt hopeless and depressed. It felt like one hard thing after another would knock me down. It felt like I had fallen into a pit and could not get out. A good reminder for me in that time was a quote from Corrie Ten Boom that says, “There is no pit so deep that God’s love is not deeper still.” God cares and deeply loves his children. He does not leave us all on our own to deal with our hardships. While I did not always see God’s faithfulness in the moment, looking back, I can see His provision throughout my trials.

Romans 8:28 says, “We know that in all things, God works things out for the good of those who love him, for those who are called according to his purpose.” God does not waste any moments in your life. He uses your pain and hardship for the greater purpose of making you stronger and bringing glory to Him through it. In the deepest pit of despair, loneliness, guilt, or temptation, there is purpose.

Not only does God provide purpose in the pit, but he also provides a way out of it. God is faithful to us through our hardship. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says, “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with temptation, he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” This verse provides encouragement by saying that we do not have to feel stuck. God will provide the way of escape.

Paul, the author of Corinthians, goes on to say that we need to “flee” from temptation. While God provides a way out from our temptation, overcoming it still requires action on our part. I know I have failed and slipped back into temptation many times. When I was struggling, I became more susceptible to temptation. I was desperate to find relief from my pain, which made temptation greater. I often feared I would never get out of the pit I was in. I doubted God and His provision over my life and cried out for Him to deliver me. However, even when I was unfaithful to God, he was always faithful me.

Looking back over last year, I can see God’s faithfulness. He answered prayers. He provided me with godly friends and family to encourage and support me. I no longer feel like I am in a pit of darkness because the Lord provided a way out. As 1 Corinthians 10:13 says, the Lord is faithful in the midst of temptation. God wants us to be victorious over our trials. He is for us, not against us.

Since we live in fallen world we will encounter trials and temptation. The good news is that the Lord is always faithful in the storm. He will always provide the way of escape. Claim the promise of God that He is faithful and will not let you be overcome by your hardship. It may seem like you will never escape, but the Lord is always faithfully working to provide a way.

As always, please know that no matter who you are, you are loved and prayed for. Our team is here for you. If you need prayers, or just someone to talk to you can message us on our Facebook page, find us on Instagram & Twitter at ( _woventogether), or email us at woventogetherministries@gmail.com. We would love to hear from you.

-Natalie Lay

 

I cannot deny Your faithfulness

Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve sat down to type. Honestly, it feels a little weird.

You see, coming back to school this semester, I was not ready for the avalanche that was about to hit me. What avalanche, you may ask? I did not hear about any avalanches in Lynchburg this year? Well this avalanche was not a physical one, but an emotional and spiritual one that tore me to bits over my pride and sent me wandering from the Lord.

Guys, I am going to be honest.  Last semester may have just been another semester in college for some people, but it was another chapter in life that I would rather not look back on. I confess that I was a prideful jerk who hurt people for the sake of my pride and my supposed “spiritual well-being.” I thought that I had grown enough in my walk with the Lord and did not need to learn anymore. I hurt a dear friend because I was hurting, and did it in the name of Christ. Calling it for what it was, I wandered from the path of life. I wandered from the throne of my Father to bask in the throne of my own pride.

This is the part of the story where the audience interjects with a loud and extended, “nooooooooooo!!!!!!”

Yes, that was a no-no. The worst part about it was that I walked into this second semester with the same attitude. I was wrong.

You see, I still held the attitude that I did not need to learn anything anymore. I was content with where I was with Christ and I was content with leaving that friendship I had lost in the past. I would say I was lonely and misunderstood, when in reality, I pushed everyone away so that no one could even get close. I pushed God away because I thought He had brought me far enough. I idolized my loneliness, and dug my own pit.

It wasn’t until one night, when a friend came to my dorm to work on a class assignment with me, that something changed.  We talked.  I asked her questions about an opportunity that had presented itself and that facade I had built up so well over the past semester fell apart right in front of her.

I was exposed.  It was the sweet, but convicting words she had spoken that crushed me and led me to surrender. I could no longer hide my sin, and I could no longer call it maturity. I could barely stand to look at myself or into myself any longer. The more inwardly I looked, the more I got lost in the pit of my sin. When people asked me how I was, I couldn’t say I was “good,” because I wasn’t “good.” I was a wreck and a monster.

But, and but being the key word here, God said something totally different. He did not deny the depravity of my wretched heart, and He most certainly did not dismiss it for one second. He did do one thing though. He said, “repent, and you shall be forgiven on account of My Holy name.”

Let me tell you, in repentance and surrender I found the greatest joy in laying my sin and life down. I found Him.

You see, God did not just brush my sin to the side and say, “Daughter, it’s okay that you’ve sinned, I still delight in you and call you mine.” No, He instead said, “Daughter, your sin lays before me, for you have sinned against Me and Me alone, but ‘your sins have been forgiven on account of His name’ (1 John 2:12b); ‘go now and leave your life of sin.’ (John 8:11b).” As the loving father He is, He did not just let me go freely, He disciplined me, but His discipline was out of love.

In His love, I found myself at the foot of His cross once again, the place where I should have been all last semester. In His love as well, I look back over the past couple semesters and see His faithfulness all throughout my time of wandering.

I now see that all last semester and the beginning of this semester, even as I was running from Him, He did not stop pursuing me. As I sat in my pride, He did not stop speaking. As I tried so hard to get that friend out of my life, she is the very one that God used to show me His grace and kindness. As I kept running, He ran even faster, and as I hid, He kept searching. He did not stop loving me, even when my heart loved other things above Him. He did not stop being who He is just because I was being who I should not have been.

In 2 Timothy 2:13, Paul writes, “If we are faithless, He remains faithful–for He cannot deny Himself.” My friends, our gracious Lord remains true to His Word. As I was unfaithful to Him last semester and the beginning of this semester, He remained faithful.

Just because I wandered from His throne, He did not stop being who He has claimed Himself to be. My wandering did not pose a threat to His majesty. It did not make Him run away from me.

Instead, He pursued me even harder. He remained faithful even when I was faithless. And my friends, this is the Lord whom we serve. We serve a Holy and gracious God, and this is the Lord whom I love.

Now, with all of that being said, I want to ask you a question. Have you wandered from the throne of grace? Has your heart sought things above His? Have you been faithless?

Whether your answer is yes or no, know this one thing: even if you are faithless, even if you are unfaithful to Him, even if you wander from His throne, HE REMAINS FAITHFUL.

Your sin does not scare Him, and it never did. He sent His one and only Son to die for you in the pit of your sin, so what do you think would scare Him away from you and your sin? He has seen the dark depravity of your heart and loves you the same. He remains faithful in His pursuit of you throughout all of your life.

So run to the arms of the One who remains faithful throughout eternity. He is calling you. Come to the altar and fall into the arms of the One who will look you and your sin in the eye and say, “‘Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.'” (John 8:11b) He is faithful to love you just as much when you wander as when you are faithful.  Go to Him.

As always, please know that no matter who you are, you are loved and prayed for. Our team is here for you. If you need prayers, or just someone to talk to you can message us on our Facebook page, find us on Instagram & Twitter at ( _woventogether), or email us at woventogetherministries@gmail.com. We would love to hear from you.

 

well, I’m outtie.

 

-Aleks B.

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