God is Faithful
Count on Him (Not on Your Own Ability)
In the 55th chapter of Isaiah, God tells us some
important things about His Word.
Isaiah 55:11 "So shall my word be that goeth
forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall
accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing
whereto I sent it."
Let's look at the
verse in its context (55:8-13)
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither
are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
"For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
"For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven,
and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring
forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
"So shall my word be which goeth out of my mouth:
it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I
please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
"For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with
peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into
singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and
instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall
be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not
be cut off."
Take a close look at
what this is saying. God's ways are higher, better.
God's ways are nourishing.
God's words are never wasted:
they do the job that God sends them to do.
In contrast to God's ways are man's
Man's words do not have the same
qualities that God's words do.
These days people
talk about "attitude." Well, God has one, and it doesn't change.
Malachi 4:6a "I am the Lord. I change not .
. . "
And God always tells the truth.
Sometimes men lie on purpose;
sometimes they just aren't able
to live up to their promises.
God never lies, and he always keeps
Numbers 23:19 "God is not a man that he should
lie, neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said,
and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make
This tells us that God NEVER
and that he never needs to go back
on a promise.
The questions in the verse are
(They're figures of speech used
to make a point. Their answers are obvious.
The figure of speech dramatically
emphasizes the answer.)
We need God in our lives, and He has promised
to be "our sufficiency."
II Corinthians 3:5 "Not that
we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but
our sufficiency is of God."
The key to receiving a promise
from God (the key to letting Him be our sufficiency) is to believe in God's
ability to keep his promise.
It's His ability we look at, not
our own. PERIOD.
Abraham is our example of believing God.
He believed that God is faithful to His promise.
Romans 4:20,21 "He staggered
not at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strong in faith [believing]
giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised
he was able also to perform."
We too simply need confidence towards God.
I John 3:21 "Beloved, if our heart condemn us not,
then have we confidence toward God."
If our heart condemns us, can
we have confidence toward God? No.
Let's look at the next verse.
I John 3:22 "And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him
because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing
in his sight."
As we do those things that
are pleasing in his sight,
we are trusting God to be our sufficiency.
As we do those things that are
pleasing in his sight,
we are keeping our eyes on God.
In His Word, God does tell us to
do some specific things;
but God never tells us to analyze
or figure out ways to get even.
(These are "man's ways," and they
DO return void.)
In His Word, God gives us ways
to make His Thoughts, our thoughts.
Yes, those are the thoughts
at the top of the page -
The ones that don't return void.
And again we can be like our example
Believe that God is faithful.
Keep your eyes on him
and not on the circumstances, symptoms,
or problems that the world would
have you concentrate on.
Looking at them will not make them
Looking to God will bring you deliverance.
I Corinthians 2:5 "That your
faith [believing] should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power
Let's close with some verses to
remind us that our God is faithful:
Deuteronomy 7:9 "Know therefore
that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth
covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to
a thousand generations;"
II Thessalonians 3:3 "But
the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil."
I Corinthians 1:9 "God
is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son
Jesus Christ our Lord."
I Corinthians 10:13 "There
hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God
is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye
are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape."
God IS faithful. Put your trust
in Him and His Promises.
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