Devotions this week based on the Message: “BELIEVE: Week 28: FAITHFULNESS”
(NOTE: This sermon series and devotional series is based on a book by Randy Frazee entitled, “BELIEVE.”
You may choose to download or purchase the book as a supplement to your worship and devotional emails.)
Psalm 36:5 Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.
Psalm 25:10 All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful for those who keep the demands of his covenant.
What is the limit to your love?
What is the limit to your faithfulness?
I would venture to say we all have a limit to both. Love gets harder when love is not reciprocated. Love is extremely challenging when evil repays love. Love crawls forward when it seems the other person is expecting it or taking advantage of it.
Our love can fail.
And when love fails, so does faithfulness.
Faithfulness wanes for the same reason. If the other person isn’t faithful to me, I don’t have to be faithful to them. If I’m not compensated how I think I should be, I don’t have to be faithful at work. If you’re not being honest, I don’t either.
Our love and faithfulness often times match the love and faithfulness of the other person. As a result, the bar gets lower and lower because we each have a sinful nature that fights against being loving and faithful.
So how can we show love and faithfulness, even when we feel like quitting?
Turn to the love and faithfulness of the Lord.
The love of the Lord “reaches the heavens.” The faithfulness of the Lord “to the skies.”
I can’t tell you how many reasons I have given the Lord to give up on me, to withhold his love from me, and be perfectly justified in ceasing his faithfulness to me. I fail to reciprocate his love. I fall short of being faithful to him. I struggle to always be a person of commitment, integrity and honest.
Yet, it seems like in these circumstances his love and faithfulness does not leave. In fact, they get stronger.
Like the Father in the parable of the Prodigal Son, the love and the faithfulness of God never wavers. It is fully committed to the sinner and ready to forgive the one who repents and returns.
What a great comfort this is to know that the love and faithfulness of God never wavers, even when ours does.
Apply: When has the comfort of God’s constant love and faithfulness been most real to you?
Prayer: Lord, thank you for your love that reaches the heavens and your faithfulness that reaches to the sky. I need it every day! AMEN.