Saturday - God is always faithful. We end our tour of NOT FAR FROM THE TREE, by Ruth Smith Meyer with the final message that God is always faithful. Rina sees herself as she truly is when she looks over her past. She realizes that as a child everything had to revolve around her. She was constantly insisting on her own way. After she was married to David she began to mature. The guidance her mother gave she held as a precious gem, and it saw her through many rough times. That precious gem was to learn to trust in God in all things. Now nearing the end of her life she looks back with content and joy knowing that God is always faithful. She knows because she has lived it. Her life is a testimony to the faithfulness of God.
There were plenty of people in Rina's life; her parents, Rina herself of course, Bart, David, her children, her relatives and friends. No matter how noble they might have been, no matter how hard they may have tried none of them could say that they were always faithful. This was something only God could claim. While she knew it now she must have mused at how long it took for her to learn to trust in the only person deserving of her trust.
The same can be said today with any of us. We can point to people we really admire, but at some point in time they have let us down. Their fallen humanity showed through and we saw that we couldn't trust them the way we may have thought we could. As trustworthy, as faithful as God is He is also a gentleman. He isn't pushy. If you say you don't want to have anything to do with Him or talk to Him, then He will try to gently change your mind, but God will never force Himself on you. Doing so would also be an act of unfaithfulness, and God is always faithful. So He stands there, like the father in the parable of the prodigal son, waiting for us to come to our sense and return to Him. Day in and day out He looks down the road hoping to see us coming home to Him. When we do He restores us into the family. If we do not return, well, that must be the greatest heartbreak of all.
Let me go off on a tangent here for a second. I have heard a lot of people claiming that God sends people to Hell, and that doesn't sit right with them. "Isn't He supposed to be a loving God?" they ask. Well, yes He is a loving God, but that faithfulness cuts both ways. If you call upon the name of the Lord you shall be saved. (Romans 10:13) So this means that God will be faithful if the reverse is true. Whoever does NOT call upon the Lord shall NOT be saved. He leaves the choice up to us. It's like the illustration God gave me of a couple of parachutists. When they get over the jump site the jump master reminds them, "Once you clear the door, count to 10 and pull your rip cord." One man jumps and pulls the rip cord and lands safely on the ground. The other man becomes distracted with all the sites and feelings around him and does not pull the rip cord. Whose fault is it that he dies when he hits the ground? Surely you wouldn't blame the jump master or the parachute. The fault belongs to the man who didn't do as he was told. The same thing is true here in Romans 10:13. You see, calling upon the name of the Lord is our spiritual parachute. If we don't call upon Him then where we end up is our own fault not His. You see, even then God is faithful. He keeps His Word, even when it breaks His heart to do so.
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