Can God Count On You?

The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Thy faithfulness.” 

Sunrise on the Grand Tetons, Courtesy pdphoto.org

— Lamentations 3:22-23 (NAS)

When God created the heavens and the earth and all that exists, He did not leave the magnificent results of His handiwork to chance. He set into motion various laws so that order and continuity would result in every area of His creation. An example of this is the law of sowing and reaping.

It is simple yet complex and exciting. If you want to grow corn, you plant corn seed; if you desire watermelon, you sow watermelon seed, and so on. The law simply states that you will reap whatever you sow. We discover that in the area of human relations, this law also operates with uncanny accuracy. If you sow hatred, you will reap a harvest of the bitter seeds you planted. On the other hand, if you want to reap an abundant harvest of love, you continually sow seeds of love. As you joyfully give from the heart, you will receive in like manner and in abundance.

Then there is the law that states, “Our faithfulness to God will beget God’s faithfulness to us” – automatically! The truth is, faithfulness is required. 1 Corinthians 4:2 states, “…Moreover, it is required of stewards that the man be found faithful.” Our heavenly Father has made some exciting promises to us regarding faithfulness. Here are just a couple of examples: Psalm 31:23: “O love the Lord all ye saints, for the Lord preserveth the faithful and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.” Then in Psalm 101:6, God is speaking: “Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with Me.” We can say with unmistakable accuracy that God loves us; that He wants to bless us; that He wants to have a personal relationship with us and be everything to us that we will ever need.

But we cannot forget that He has a big expectation of us — Faithfulness! God will respond to a faithful lifestyle with His faithfulness moving right in on us! There are many examples of this in the Bible, and one of the most exciting is the story of David.

As a teenager David developed a solid lifestyle of faithfulness to God. From the sheep fields where he praised God continually to the throne of the greatest kingdom in history, his faithfulness was predominant. The result: God’s faithfulness to him was an ever-present reality. As Goliath was taunting, cursing, and blaspheming the God of Israel, while the entire Israeli army was frozen with fear, David was reminding King Saul how God had delivered wild beasts into his hands and assured the king that God would do the same with that heathen giant.

Note something very significant: David did not even need to stop and pray. He simply announced to the giant what he was going to do and did it! He knew God would be faithful in this venture just like the others, because his lifestyle was one of faithfulness to God. David lived that principle that never fails.

It is very important that the younger generation in the church develop a lifestyle of faithfulness to God early in their faith walk. And for younger and older alike, faithfulness to God in every area of your day-to-day life will guarantee that Faithful God will be there to help you defeat every Goliath that comes your way. As a faithful steward, you will always have His eyes upon you.

Great is His faithfulness!

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