Is God really faithful?

Posted: November 7, 2017 in Uncategorized

As I sit here listening to a Youtube video from the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, I hear the words “Forever God is faithful, Forever God is strong.” As I listen to this worship team sing this song, I wonder how many of them were murdered the following Sunday by a twisted and sick individual who would come into those very church doors and kill 26 people and wound many others. I wonder if these people ever saw it coming. I wonder if they believe what they are singing? Is God really faithful?

I wonder a lot of things, but hearing this worship team sing this song and now watching the tragedy unfold in front of a global audience, I wonder did they really in their hearts believe God is truly faithful in all things, or was it just another song to sing? Please hear my heart here, I am in no way challenging their beliefs, I’m challenging your beliefs. I’m challenging my beliefs.

We do the same thing every Sunday. We stand and sing beautifully written worship songs that exalt a risen Christ and honor a Sovereign God. We sing how faithful He is, we open our Bibles and see how faithful He has been. We see promises of how faithful he will be. We read it, we hear it, we sing it, we proclaim it, but do we really believe it? Do we really believe that the God of this universe is as faithful as we say he is? Do we trust him with out lives, our very thoughts, our emotions, our feelings? Do we let him be faithful in the dark alleys of our souls? Do we want to sing from the depths of our souls, or do we just want to sing from our lips how great and faithful he is, while the deep crevices of our souls remain dark and confined to a sense of control over our emotions and thoughts?

The truth is, life is difficult. There will be things that come along that we don’t want to acknowledge or be a part of. We will want to run, we will want to scream, we will want to sing how faithful he is, while our insides scream “how could you?” There is only one person that knows if we truly believe what we say, sing and hear? Ourselves.

The same God that sits on his throne, is the same God that knows your deepest thoughts, you cares and your frustrations. That same God is faithful if we are faithful to him. I have a few suggestions. One, if we don’t believe he is faithful, then let’s not sing or proclaim these truths until we believe them. Another suggestion is get in the Word of God and see promises fulfilled and how faithful he has been and how he promises to be faithful to us as we are faithful to him. Rest in those promises, and then sing them at the top of your lungs when you truly believe them and rest in them. Rest in who Christ is. Rest in who Christ is in you.

I believe that the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas is singing “Forever God is faithful, Forever God is strong!” They believe it. What about you? What about me?

Soli Deo Gloria,

Pastor Steven

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