March 31, 2022

From Faithlessness to Trust

You were like a brand snatched from the fire; yet you did not return to me, says the Lord. 

Amos 4:11
People can be fickle—incorrigible, even. Again and again, God can act on our behalf, saving us from this calamity or that hopeless situation. And more often than not, our response to God is, "What have you done for me lately?" (that is, if we acknowledge God at all). But regardless of our response, God remains faithful. Indeed, as the Second Letter to Timothy puts it, it would be impossible for God to react in any other way, since faithfulness is one of the principle characteristics of God's very nature.
There should come a time in all of our lives, however, when we stop using the weakness of our own nature as an excuse. Since God's faithfulness has been proven both in history and in our own lives, we must finally bring our faithlessness to a close and put our trust in the One who loves us.

If we are faithless, he remains faithful—for he cannot deny himself.
 2 Timothy 2:13
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Lord, our heavenly Father, who orderest all things for our eternal good, mercifully enlighten our minds, and give us a firm and abiding trust in thy love and care. Silence our murmurings, quiet our fears, and dispel our doubts, that rising above our afflictions and our anxieties, we may rest on thee, the rock of everlasting strength.
 New Church Book of Worship (1876)
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