God’s word is full of His promises. He filled the pages of the bible from start to finish with assurance after assurance of His love and commitment to us.
Every story and letter reveal His heart and character. Every documented encounter unveils His great and glorious ways.
The trouble is, it’s difficult for us to experience first hand what we don’t know. What a loving and thoughtful Father God is to take time to show us Himself through His word.
He desires for each of us to know Him fully and experience all that He claims. Anything He says of His character and ways has a direct blessing connected and attached for us to embrace.
I truly believe…
- The more we know about God and His attributes, the more we will open our hearts to His Spirit.
- The more open our hearts are, the more intimacy and depth of relationship we will walk in with God.
- The more intimacy we envelope ourselves in with God, the more easily we will extend our trust to God.
- The more we trust God, the more we can believe what He says about Himself.
It’s a beautiful cycle of growth in relationship with God.
I want to invite you to jump into the cycle with me. Whether you’ve been in ankle deep or fully immersed, we all can benefit from thinking meaningfully on God’s character. I want to share some tips I use to help me on the journey of growth.
Today I am meditating on this truth of God’s character…God is never-failing. What might life look like if we lived like we believed this with our whole heart? What pit falls might we avoid?
God is full of promise. He can’t help it, it’s just who He is. We live in a day an age though, where all kinds of people are making all kinds of promises.
Around every corner there is one more person or one more thing vying for our attention and praise. Entire marketing strategies wrap around getting us to believe in what they are selling.
Promises here and promises there, but we often find after being lured into buying another shiny box of “expectation,” we are actually now in possession of another box of emptiness. We are suckers in a classic game of bait and switch.
When I was pregnant with our first baby and low on funds in the bank, a vacuum salesman convinced this uncertain, nervous, and fearful new mom that dust mites and other horrible things lurking in my carpet would be the untimely destruction of my son.
I doubt they put it exactly that way, but their sales pitch sure convinced me to compulsively buy a vacuum I did not have the money for. The vacuum was a decent carpet cleaner, but looking back now years later, I can say with clarity, it wasn’t necessary.
The vacuum we had been using was perfectly fine, and I regretted buying the thing. First of all, it was a canister, and I loathed lugging the awkward contraption up and down the stairs. Secondly, we now had a credit card bill to pay for months following the purchase, putting further strain on our new family.
Lastly, it broke after a few years. I found out the hard way the lifetime warranty doesn’t work for a company that doesn’t exist any more. Promises were made that were not followed through on.
Sadly, I realize now too, my house was clean with our original cheap vacuum. Later children to come down the Ross household baby making pipeline would end up crawling around much dirtier floors and be just fine. My fears were capitalized on, and they led me to buy into a whole lot of nothing.
A good guarantee
You may have some painful memories of your own associated to broken or empty promises. Perhaps yours have graver consequences attached to them than credit card bills and broken vacuums. Perhaps someone closer to you than a wily salesman hurt you and let you down.
One thing I can say with complete confidence is God is not that way. He always backs up His promises. We do not need to trade trust for fear. We can rely on God. What He gives is always good.
“Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The Lord is trustworthy in all He promises and faithful in all He does.” Psalm 145:13 niv
Fear has a clever way of stealing our ability to take God at His word. It causes us to buy into a whole lot of nothing good. We exchange the certainty of what hope offers for unnecessary difficulty and pain.
God’s yearning and loving ambition is for us to become a people who trust Him with robust hope. Let’s feed the hope He provides by thinking often on the promise in Psalm 145. God is worthy of our trust. He is faithful, not in some, but in all.
Take this extraordinary truth and come into agreement with it. Say the verse out loud, allowing your ears to hear the truth resonate in your heart and absorb into the environment around you. Permeate the very air around you with the fragrance of God’s own words.
Write the scripture down, and place the words some where you pass by often. Each time you see the verse, stop and thank God for His faithfulness. Try to think about a specific way God revealed His trustworthiness that day or in the past week. Consider keeping a journal to document the memories of God’s consistent dependability in your life.
Share your story
How has God been faithful to you in your life? What practices do you implement in your day to help you remember the good He has done? In what specific ways has He been reliable?
Has something happened in your journey with Him that tested the truth in Psalm 145? How can you strengthen this truth further in your journey with God?