Monday, 13 July 2020

M Michele's Musings

God's Faithfulness

~ The Witness in the Sky is Faithful ~

 

But I will not break off My loving kindness from him

Nor deal falsely in My faithfulness.

My covenant I will not violate,

Nor will I alter the utterance of My lips.

Once I have sworn by My holiness;

I will not lie to David.

His descendants shall endure forever,

And his throne as the sun before Me.

It shall be established forever as the moon.

And the witness in the sky is faithful. [Selah]

                                                                                 Pslams 89:33-37

 

In this scripture God is speaking.  He is speaking to David about His promise to David and His faithfulness to keep this promise.  The Bible speaks of David as being “a man after God’s own heart.”  But David was not a perfect man and he made some terrible mistakes.  He stayed home from war (got complacent) and then found himself in activities he should not have been delving in (watching a woman bathe on a roof top).  The sad thing was he already had wives that should have filled this area of his life.  He then brought this married woman, Bathsheba, to his home and had relations with her.  She conceived a child.

David brought her husband, Uriah, home from the war so that Uriah would sleep with his wife and cover David’s sin.  However, Uriah was a man of integrity.  He was in all things honorable to his king, his country and the men that fought beside him.   Uriah refused to take this luxury offered, upsetting David’s original plan.  David then sent Uriah back to the captain of the army with a note to put Uriah on the front lines and then draw back from him.  Uriah would die because of David’s orders.  Though he did not commit murder by his own hand, David surely murdered Uriah so that he could cover his sin.  Later David was confronted by the prophet, Nathan regarding his sin.  David repented and the Bible says he went and sinned no more.  Though he was not perfect and though he made terrible mistakes, when confronted, David turned his heart toward God.  However, the choices he made concerning Bathsheba and Uriah led to difficult consequences throughout the rest of his life.  Despite David’s failures, God would continue to be faithful to David and He would keep His promises to David.

The scriptures of Psalms 89: 33-37 speak of God’s faithfulness.  He tells us that He is as faithful as the witness in the sky.  The Psalmist tells us, “Selah” or “pause and think on this.” Have you ever just thought about the sun and the moon?  Every morning the sun shows its face and every night the moon and the stars give light to the darkness.  Every day the sun brings warmth, light and life to the earth.   Though the sun and the moon may be hidden by clouds they are still there bringing light and life.  Though the sun and the moon are on the other side of the world as earth rotates, they are still there.  They never leave the sky just as Jesus, the Son, said to us “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”  The sun keeps the earth in orbit and we continually rotate around the sun.  Our lives should be this way with Jesus, our lives should rotate around Him, Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

God is in control of all things; He keeps us in his orbit whether we are faithful or not.  Though we have clouds of sin, trials and adversities that might separate us for a season from the light of Jesus in our lives, He is still there continually drawing us, loving us, giving light and life as the sun does to the earth.  Though we turn our back on Him at times, just as the earth turns its back on the sun in daily rotation, He continues to keep us in His care.  He is still in control and still always faithful just as the sun is always there and always faithful, always. 

I wept as I thought about all this.  I wondered why there are times we cannot seem to grab hold of God’s faithfulness working in our lives.  Why there are times when we are afraid to trust Him.   Why do we fear instead of trusting especially when He has promised so much.  Why?  Do we ever doubt that the sun is there even on those endless cloudy days?  Don’t we long for the sun to peak its glorious head through the clouds and give us warmth and light?  We know that the sun will shine again in our lives.  We know that we are kept within its orbit.  We have no doubts regarding the faithfulness of the sun and the moon.  Why then can’t we remember this when “cloudy days” are blocking our view to God?  Why do we let the enemy tell us there is no hope?  I think sometimes we are a lot like David.  We too, stay home from war (prayer and intimacy with God).  We get caught up doing things that are not necessarily bad but we put these things before our relationship with God.  This brings clouds, darkness.  In a sense, we have turned our backs on God.  We let the cares of this life cloud our view.  Life seems dreary and we may think we are alone.  But God tells us in this scripture that though we do fail and though we will make mistakes, He is faithful.  He will always be there and He will always keep us in His care. 

He is always faithful and always will remain faithful to each of us, even though we fail Him at times.  He will never leave us or forsake us.  He always keeps us in His care and continually turns our lives toward Him when we allow Him to work in us and change us.  His purpose is to conform us into the image of His Son, Jesus Christ.  We are to be a light to a dark and dying world.  We are to be a witness and shine forth His life unto the discouraged, heart broken and the lost who live in darkness, with their backs turned from Him.  But even though backs are turned He is still faithful.  He died for us while we were yet sinners.  Amazing! 

Be encouraged.  The sun and the moon always shine even when you can’t see or feel them.  It is no different with God and Jesus.  Jesus is always there for you no matter what you are going through.  Remember He Loves You.  You are special to Him.  He is faithful to all His children.  He loves you with an everlasting love.  And, “The witness in the sky is faithful.”                                          

                                                                                                              Love in Chirst, Michele

Copyright March 2005

Columnist: Michele Abshire

 

Michele Abshire is a housewife, mother, grandmother, and full time legal assistant. She has been published in Lake Charles, Louisiana publications, Christian Star Newspaper and Gumbeaux Magazine.  

Michele began writing notes of encouragement to people God put on her heart which led her in the direction of writing short encouraging stories, letters, essays and analogies.  This quickly became a ministry for her.  

Michele's vision is to reach people with encouraging messages that will lift their heart and bring joy for sorrow and hope for discouragement. Michele enjoys your feedback so leave a comment in the form at the bottom of the page or email her at  micheles.musings@gmail.com

 

 

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