A Shepherd’s Musings – December 2010
Ways in which God Shows His Faithfulness
What a joy to have been able to write and preach about God’s faithfulness in the Year of Our Lord, 2010. I am prayerfully wondering about what theme would be good to write about on a monthly basis this coming year. I am open to suggestions, if you have any.
Last month I recounted some of the ways in which God has been faithful to me and hope that you spent some time doing the same. This last month of the year 2010, I want to muse upon some of the ways God has demonstrated His faithfulness to all of us.
Every morning as the light begins to penetrate the darkness at the dawn of a new day and we see the soft yet brilliant red hues in the sky, we are all benefactors of God’s common grace to both those who acknowledge Him and those who deny Him. The breath of air that we just breathed is a gift from God—life is a faithful gift from God. The food that we eat is a testimony of His faithfulness to His promise that there will be seedtime and harvest while the earth remains (Gen.8:22). Furthermore, that beautiful rainbow that dazzles our eyes with wonder and awe was given by God as a reminder of His faithfulness. Truly, there are signs and wonders all around us that speak volumes concerning God’s faithfulness for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear. For those who do not acknowledge God’s faithfulness the very fact that they are still alive is a testimony of God’s faithfulness. They still have a chance to humble themselves before God and believe in Him. For “without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6). Also, 2 Peter 3:9 says, “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” There is still hope for our unsaved friends and loved ones! God in faithfulness has given them more time to respond to His faithful revelation of Himself through the light of His creation and Scripture—Psalm 19.
Every Christmas as we put up lights to celebrate the season, it is a testimony to our faithful God that He sent His Son to be the Light of the world. Jesus Himself said, “I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.” The light of God’s faithfulness flickered in His coming into the garden to seek Adam and Eve after their sin and the giving of the first gospel promise (Genesis 3:15). It was progressively revealed throughout history as God unfolded his plan of redemption through the children of Israel and His prophets (Isaiah 9:6, Isaiah 53). It shined brighter at the incarnation when God became man at the birth of the Messiah in Bethlehem—Immanuel—God with us! It blazed in darkness when God the Son took upon Himself the sin of the whole world by shedding His blood upon a cruel and agonizing cross that we might have the forgiveness of sin. It radiated at the resurrection and ascension of our King and Lord to sit at the right hand of God the Father. It will shine gloriously in the future when Christ returns to reign upon the earth for a 1000 years.
God is faithful! Will you and I be faithful to Him! The choice is ours to make each day. May the Lord give you grace and mercy for the coming year and peace as you wait upon Him. Have a worshipful Christmas and blessed New Year!
With love and prayer,
Mark R. Worden
Links to the 2010 “Pastor Chat” devotionals on God’s Faithfulness are as follows:
January: Dwelling on God’s Faithfulness!
February: Telling Others of God’s Faithfulness!
March: Hope and Confidence through God’s Faithfulness
April: God’s Calling and His Faithfulness
May: Chastening and God’s Faithfulness
June: God is Faithful in Mercy
July: Praise, Prayer and God’s Faithfulness
August: God’s Faithfulness in Spiritual Battle
September: God’s Faithfulness during Upheaval and Change
October: God’s Faithfulness and our Love and Obedience
November: Sharing Your Testimony of God’s Faithfulness
Sermon Links to Mini-Series on “God’s Faithfulness”
(If these sermons have blessed you please feel free to share the links with others who might benefit from them.)
“So than faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” Romans 10:17