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On Being Faithful 2


"Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; He is the faithful God, keeping His covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love Him and keep His commandments" (Deut. 7:9).

We started yesterday with the thought of our being faithful. Today's verse says that our Lord will be faithful to those who love and obey. With that in mind we ought also to be faithful servants. The more we study and meditate on God's Word, the more faithful we will want to be. As Paul wrote his last letter to Timothy, he urged him to be faithful to the "word of truth." (2:15)...In our Bibles we find the strength to carry on even during seasons of hardship. We learn how to be faithful in our service. We are able to glean just how important our stewardship here on earth is, and how we ought to be faithful in it.

In sports there only one thing worse than a poor loser and that's a poor winner. As one ought to be gracious in defeat, he or she ought also to be gracious and humble in victory. In the twelfth chapter of Luke we find the tragic story of the man who has been come to be known only as "the rich fool." I believe that the lesson taught by Jesus here in that we need to be even more faithful in prosperity. We need to be "good winners." "This will be how it will be for anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward the Lord" (Lk. 12:21). As we prosper, our true character is revealed. It must be one of faithfulness to Him who has provided..

In 2 Samuel 12 we find the story of the death of David's son by Bathsheba. As the son was sick, David prayed, fasted and wept, but after his death he cleaned up and ate. His servants were mystified by his behavior and David responded, "While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept. I thought, 'Who knows?' The Lord may be gracious to me and let the child live. But now that he is dead, why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me." (12:22 & 23). David remained faithful in his great sorrow. We must also...again, it is a test of our character when we remain faithful even though our hearts are sad.

Finally, through our faithfulness comes the reward...As the Revelator wrote to the church at Smyrna and told them of their persecution to come, he also wrote of the reward (Rev. 2:10). We will be tested many times in life. In science experimentation, the experimenter does not give up after a few failures, but perseveres to get the correct results. It is his reward for being faithful.. How we handle the tests of life also reveals a lot about our true character. Being faithful may not always be easy, but it is always right!

Have a wonderful day...Let your light shine for Him.... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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