Just a quick thought.
I was meditating today on the aspect of God’s constancy, His fixedness, His certain allegiance to Himself.
“…if we are faithless, he remains faithful—for he cannot deny himself.”
2 Timothy 2:13
I love this verse. I struggle thinking exactly what to write because I feel all my thoughts on it are far too vast yet incomplete.
God exudes all of His characteristics perfectly and constantly. He is love, and there is never a point where He ceases to be love. He just is. He is faithful, and there never comes a time or a moment or an instant where He is not—for he cannot deny Himself.
God is faithful. He can never cease to be faithful…for then He would cease to be God.
Oh, the grace of our Father. How often I am unfaithful. How often I stray. How often I turn a deaf ear and a blind eye to needs and to the lost. How often I turn a lustful heart to unrighteousness. How often I open greedy eyes to the things of this world. How often I give a prideful smug to my desperate need for the Spirit’s power in my life. How often a hateful heart beats and not a loving one.
How often I am prone to change.
But He never changes. He is the same yesterday, today, tomorrow, and for eternity. And that will never change.
A friend of mine lost most, if not pretty much all of his possessions in a house fire this week. As I prayed for him, all I could think of was Job and the verse in 2 Tim mentioned above.
I hold too tightly onto things. Meaningless things…that really aren’t mine to begin with. There is nothing I have that has not been given to me by the Lord, and just as quickly as they were given, so much faster they can be taken away.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matt 6:21
My prayer has been and will continue to be that God be my ultimate treasure. There is nothing greater. Nothing more satisfying. Nothing more perfect. Nothing more constant.
Job lost everything. After he lost everything, he fell on his face and worshiped God. He declared, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.”
I think I know who his treasure was.
My friend worded my thoughts perfectly in a Facebook status:
“Jesus is the only reason I can be joyful when practically all of my possessions are ruined in a house fire. People — this life is temporary and can be stripped from you in an instant. Come find peace in the one firm foundation in this world — the very Son of the Living God.”
An awesome testimony of God’s grace and His empowering strength.
We can hope in ever changing, fleeting things…or we can place our hope in Someone who is ever constant.
He never ceases to be who He is…He never changes.
Praise God that He cannot deny Himself.
May I lean wholeheartedly upon, seek after, and spend my life on what is Constant.
“The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23