Wednesday, August 26, 2009

God honors the faithful

Oftentimes we make much of the sin of unbelief, and it is a serious sin, indeed. But the hinge on which Israel of old failed in the Old Testament was unfaithfulness. They were not faithful to the covenant of their God.

Yes, we continue to walk by faith. But we're to walk by faith faithfully. I like the TNIV translation concerning Enoch:

Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him

Genesis 5:24

"Faithfully" is added, because that is what characterized this walk with God on Enoch's part. Of course it was by faith, and done with love and hope, to be sure.

Are we faithful to our God? In the little things, as well as the big. Are we working on shoring up our lack of faithfulness in any area or issue, where needed? God the Spirit is working on all in Jesus, that we may all be faithful to our God to the very end.

Let's remember too, Jesus' teaching that the one who is trustworthy in little is also trustworthy in much, and the one who is not so in what seems small, is not so overall, or in the bigger things.

Lord, Let me be faithful to you, and give me sensitivity when I am not.

What would you like to add to this?


nannykim said...

I like the whole concept of being faithful even to the little things. Brother Lawrence is such an inspiration to me in his book on practicing the presence of God.....I really want this kind of faithfulness.

The whole thing about walking with God seems to imply an intimate fellowhip....I like that phrase---to walk with God.

It is amazing how un-natural this is--my flesh always fails...but how beautiful this kind of life would be---it would especially be beautiful as it relates to the people we are around. Plus there would be a more active delighting in God moment by moment.

Ted M. Gossard said...

Nannykim, Words well spoken. A nice post there, your comment. And I agree wholeheartedly. A good vision, and one that is possible for us in this life, but it seems attained by so very few.