Tuesday, February 7, 2012
I don't mean to be faithless and inconsistent. I just am.
One minute full of faith, trust and the knowledge of His love--- the next minute, doubting or worrying. Afraid or insecure. My heart is fickle. Have mercy on me, Lord! Bind my heart to Yours!
But, my kind Father knows this and still He loves. His heart is steady. A fortress.
Still, He is faithful. Always faithful. Always loving.
My reading this morning took me to I Kings 19... truly one of my favorite passages in the Bible.
In the previous chapter, Elijah has just seen God's amazing hand and has acted from a place of deep faith and trust in the Lord. He knew God and He trusted God in I Kings 18. But, then in chapter 19 we see him become afraid. He is scared and overwhelmed. He feels like giving up. "I have had enough!" he says to the Lord. (v.4)
And, God's response...
He is still faithful. He is loving. And, Father God is gentle... so very gentle with Elijah. In I Kings 19, we see God initiate, steps out and talk to Elijah in his place of frustration. He meets him right where he is at. In fact, God lets him sleep and then feeds him. Then God lets him sleep some more and feeds him again.
Finally, God gives him the opportunity of His Almighty Presence and whispers to him. Gentle whispers of truth and love. ...He is always faithful.
My heart is fickle.
My God is constant, faithful and steady. He is a rock that never changes. He is reliable. And, He is loving and gentle. "an ever present help in time of trouble" (Psalm 46:1).
Ever-present for me. Ever-present for you, my friend. Still faithful is our God!