“But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.”II Thessalonians 3:3
I once offered to help a friend cut his lawn. The task was great, and I was not prepared for what I was about to face. I arrived at my friend’s house, and soon got lost in the grass in the back yard. I fell over several items in the yard that I could not see, but I kept pressing on. I was weed eating for over an hour, but I ran out of gas. I forgot to bring fuel for my weed whacker, so I could not continue on with the task at hand. I apologized to my friend but I told him I would be back to finish the job.
I soon forgot about what I had committed to do, and days turned to weeks, which turned to months. I never did get back to my friend’s house to finish the job, and I was not faithful to what I had committed. I let my friend down, although he was gracious not to hold it against me. I apologized and he since moved houses, but my unfaithfulness in the matter still haunts me.
I look at this verse and I am reminded of the faithfulness of God. If there is one thing I know in life, it is that God is always faithful. He has never failed me and He has never forsaken me. I have faced many challenges, setbacks and disappointments, but He has been as constant as the rising of the sun. I can depend on the sun to rise in the east and set in the west, and I can depend on my God just the same. He is the Creator and source of all that is good, even though my lack of faith sometimes states otherwise. He has promised to make a way of escape in times of temptation, and it is always me that chooses whether or not to take it. He has been faithful to keep me from evil, even though at times I choose my own way instead of His.
Have you thanked Him today for His faithfulness? Do you reflect on His faithfulness in a world full of unfaithfulness? May we remember that our Lord is always faithful, and may we not take it for granted. May we be amazed at the faithfulness of our God, and may our hearts forever sing, “Great is thy faithfulness.”