Is God Reliable?

When people say, God is faithful, do you sometimes wonder if that is reliable? Do your experiences raise questions in your mind? Have you lived through something tragic enough to make you wonder where God is?

If you answered, “Yes” to any or all these questions, please don’t feel alone. The majority of the world, Christian and non-Christian, have had at least a moment where doubts have been raised. The difference between overcoming and being overcome lies in what you do in those moments of doubt.

God did not plan for any of his purposes to fail. The nature of the world, however, is against the purposes of God.

“What does that mean,” you ask?

Since the fall of man in the garden, sin and death have been working against God’s purposes. Satan has actively tried to shape the world to work to maintain his hold on this age, to rule over the hearts of men, to see himself ruling over all the earth and being worshipped as god.

Because man’s heart is “deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked,” according to Jeremiah 17:9, it is in his nature to cooperate with Satan’s efforts. Yes, through a moral code and governing laws, the evil of men’s hearts can be regulated, but that only works as long as there IS a moral code. That morality is what Satan seeks to destroy.

We can see the fruit of his efforts over the past 6000 years in a world that believes less and less in things that we once called “good”. Things that God calls sin and evil, the world now calls “freedom”. Freedom to “choose” to slay your unborn child. Freedom to have sexual relations with someone of the same sex, which God called sin or an abomination, in both the Old and New Testament. When murder is winked at, when rioting and looting and burning are encouraged, we are viewing the rejection of a true moral code.

When we see all these things, or when we have our own tragic experiences, we may be tempted to wonder whether or not God cares. Whether we can rely on him. Psalms 34 tells us that David found God to be faithful and he wrote it down to encourage us. In verse 4 he wrote, “I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” In verse 7, “The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear him, and delivers them.” In verse 10, “The young lions lack and suffer hunger; but those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.”

These are a few of the verses that shout David’s confidence in the God of heaven and earth.

In Psalm 89 we find some verses in which David is writing of his offspring that will come, the promised Messiah. Verses 19 – 37. In this passage, David speaks of God’s faithfulness to the anointed one to come. Verse 24a, “But my faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him.” In verse 28b “And my covenant shall stand firm with him.”

In the next verse, he writes of the fact that “his seed God will make endure forever,” and that the throne of the king will be “as the days of heaven.” In other words, eternal.

Verses 30 – 32 refer to that seed, calling those who believe “his sons.” He says if we don’t always follow the word, there will be chastening and correction, just as Hebrews 12:6 says, “For whom the Lord loves he chastens, and scourges every son whom he receives.” God is the best Father in any universe. When children mess up, good fathers chasten them. They DO NOT cut their hands off, infect them with some horrible disease, poke their eyes out, burn their rooms down, destroy their possessions. No, what they do is apply a tool of discipline. When we are very young, that is the rod of correction (Proverbs 22:15, 23:13). When we get older, we use words to teach, train, correct, and establish. God uses his word to chasten us. We may have horrible experiences as a result of our disobedience, but these are NOT orchestrated by God.

In verse 33, he comes back to the promise to the anointed one. “Nevertheless my lovingkindness I will not utterly take from him, nor allow my faithfulness to fail. 34 My covenant I will not break, nor alter the word that has gone out of my lips.”

These promises of God’s faithfulness are to Jesus. That is good news. As you can see from verses 30 – 32, we can still mess up even after we’re born again, but God is saying that because we are IN JESUS, his faithfulness to us is like the “days of heaven,” eternal. The world we live in might produce some attacks in your life, or that you are witness to, but these are not orchestrated by God. God provided something far better for us.

First, he raised Jesus “from the dead and seated him at his right hand.” (Ephesians 1:20). Then he “made us alive together with Christ … and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavely places in Christ Jesus”. Finally, he made us new creatures in our spirit, made in the image of Christ. We are seated with him and our very nature is exactly as his is. 1 John 4:17b, “as he is so are we in this world.”

Jesus and God are not separated. We are not separated. Jesus is not sick. We have been given divine health. Jesus is not poor. We have access to all the provision of heaven.

Again, the difference between overcoming and being overcome is believing in everything that God did for you and to you, in Christ Jesus. Not surrendering to your doubts when things look wrong but remembering his promises. Peter declared that we were given the precious promises (of the word) so we could be partakers of his divine nature and that we would live in all things that pertain to life and godliness. (2 Peter 1:3-4) 

For more on God’s Heart for You, check out the links below:

The Hardest Thing!

Jesus: Life, Health, Resurrection

You can also get a copy of my book on the liberty we have in Christ (not nutrition as the title may suggest) on Amazon: Eat Healthy…Most of the Time!

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