A God of Extremes #3
Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Ps. 36:5
As I considered God’s faithfulness this week, I came to a sobering realization: His faithfulness is beyond my comprehension, reaching to the skies, but mine only reaches the degree I receive from others.
Like a barometer, I measure their faithfulness, and rise to that level and not much higher. When someone ignores me, doesn’t invite me, puts distance between us, doesn’t respond to me, discounts my suggestions… I get attitude and my faithfulness becomes tenuous. (Admitting that is painful but also soul-cleansing.)
God is not barometric. Even if we are faithless, He remains faithful (2 Tim. 2:13). He doesn’t have attitude—nothing hinders His faithfulness. This is too great for me to comprehend.
Is it because He loves us without setting conditions? Is it because we’re completely forgiven and He doesn’t hold grudges? Is it because all His ways are loving and faithful (Ps.25:10) and He cannot behave otherwise?
We can’t thwart Him. We can’t distance Him. We can’t discourage Him. “The faithfulness of the Lord endures forever” (Ps. 117:2). Even when ignored, scoffed, distanced, disregarded, unheeded. He is the Shepherd who leaves 99 to find the one who wandered off (Matt. 18:12). Forever faithful, extremely faithful.
Lord, thank you! Grow my faithfulness to reflects yours.
Love and faithfulness go before you. Ps 89:14b
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. Ps 91:4
The Lord is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made. Ps 145:13