Preached during the morning service on 17 May 2020 by .
- Sermon series: Thoughts during Covid 19
- Bible passage: Psalms 89
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E V A N G E L I C A L WELLINGTON CHAPEL
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Deuteronomy 7:9 —
‘Therefore know that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God.’
Recommended reading: Psalm 89:1-33
The Faithfulness of God.
I find God’s faithfulness is one of the most reassuring and comforting attributes
that God possesses. When problems and disappointments surround us, we can
rest on the fact that He is faithful. He is always reliable, and we can count on Him
to be true to His word and His character. Hebrews 10:23 says, ‘He who promised
Let’s begin by considering people for a moment. They so often disappoint and
let us down. They fail to keep their word and at times break their promises to us.
Unfaithful can be a word that best describes them.
(a) We see it in politics.
No party can plead innocence. Before elections promises are made in manifestos that you know will not be kept. Anything seems to be permissible if it gets them into power.
(b) We see it in business.
Unfaithfulness over deals is common in business. So many go back on their word that you begin to ask, ‘Who can you trust?’ We also see unfaithfulness between employers and employees. Christians who run businesses should be reliable, honest and trustworthy.
(c) We see it in relationships.
When you have marital breakdowns, unfaithfulness is often the cause. It affects the Royal Family and Government Ministers as well as the general public. Sadly, even Christian couples are not exempt. When I was a young lad, a marital breakdown would be front page headlines in any newspaper. Today if you have been married to the same partner for 40 years, that is headline news.
(d) We see it in international affairs.
To put it simply, nations just don’t trust each other. Pacts and agreements are mostly not worth the paper they are written on. If you look back over the history of the world you see broken treaties everywhere. We just don’t trust each other, which results in fear and uncertainty across the globe.
(e) We see it also in religion.
For me, this is the worst of all! My heart sinks when I meet or hear of people who say they believe the Bible, yet reject large sections of it. Many preach, yet they reject the Bible’s vital message. I have sadly seen a number of seemingly good men who have not only drifted, but now even deny the basic doctrines of our faith. Some even attack them.
Wherever you turn your eyes, unfaithfulness is so evident in the world today.
How good it is to lift your eyes and thoughts above this world of chaos and
corruption and consider One who is faithful at all times and in all things.
Psalm 89:8 — ‘Who is mighty like You, O LORD? Your faithfulness also surrounds
For God to be unfaithful is absolutely impossible. 2 Timothy 2:13 — ‘If we are
faithless, He remains faithful.’
Psalm 36:5 — ‘Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.’
The Bible is full of God’s faithfulness.
1. It’s there in Creation. Genesis 8:22 — ‘While the earth remains, seedtime
and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not
cease.’ Why? Because God is faithful. God will never break an agreement. What
He says He will do.
2. It’s there in salvation. The greatest promise God made was to send a
Saviour. Isaiah 7:14 — ‘Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son.’ God
kept His word. Why? Because God is faithful. 750 years later that prophecy was
fulfilled. Galatians 4:4 — ‘When the fullness of the time had come, God sent
forth His Son.’ He said He would, and He did.
When you read Isaiah 53, many of these prophecies were fulfilled in Pilate’s
judgement hall. Why? Because God is faithful.
When we turn to the cross, we also see God’s faithfulness to His promises. The
song reminds us, ‘What a faithful God we have, faithful in every way.’
Also remember that through the changing scenes of our life, in trouble or in joy,
God is faithful. He will never let us down or fail us.
‘Great is thy faithfulness’, O God my Father,
there is no shadow of turning with thee;
thou changest not, thy compassions they fail not;
as thou hast been, thou for ever wilt be.
Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
join with all nature in manifold witness
to thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!
‘Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness!’
morning by morning new mercies I see;
all I have needed thy hand hath provided—
‘Great is thy faithfulness’, Lord, unto me!
Thomas O Chisholm, 1866-1960
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THE THOUGHT FOR THE DAY IS PREPARED BY JOHN ROBERTS