“Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.”
God not only preserves His Word to every generation, but He also gives His Faithfulness to every age. As Faithful as He was to Adam in the Garden of Eden, He is still as Faithful to us today, for He never changes.
He will never leave us nor forsake us, because He is Faithful.
Each generation receives new mercies every morning, because He is Faithful.
His mercy endureth for ever, because He is Faithful.
His Faithfulness enables us to have faith to believe the Gospel, because He gives us faith as a gift.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:”
His Word contains not only His Gospel, but also His power.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.”
His Word tells us that His Gospel is shown through His creation.
“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:”
When God created the world and all that we see, He spoke it into existence. His Word is so powerful, that no labor was required. God spoke, and it happened. The same power that created the world, and rose Jesus Christ from the dead, is available to us today.
“The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,”
If we want the Lord to order our steps, we must submit to the faithfulness of our Creator through His Word.
Deuteronomy 25-26 | Acts 1 | Psalm 59
“For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.”
God has promised that He would preserve His Word for all generations. Through the fires of worldly attacks, the Word will endure them all.
“The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.”
The word “preserved” here refers to watching, keeping, and guarding. God has and is carefully watching, keeping, and guarding His Word from the changes and choices of man. At the end of the very last chapter, we find a warning for those who dare to add or take away from the preserved Word of God.
“For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”
In a world where modern “versions” are constantly made, we must not be confused about what Is or isn’t the Word of God. God is not the Author of confusion; therefore there must be a clear choice for His preserved Word. No matter what may come our way, we can choose to stand upon what never changes.
“O Lord, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.”
“The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.”
His Word is settled because It contains the Gospel. The love of God is most truly shown in the giving of His Son, Jesus Christ; our faith in His death, burial, and resurrection is how and why we can have a relationship with God. We cannot have faith in Him without first hearing from His Word.
1 Peter 1:25
“But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.”
If we want the Lord to order our steps, we must stand firm on the settled Word of God.
Deuteronomy 23-24 | Mark 16 | Psalm 58
“Quicken me after thy lovingkindness; so shall I keep the testimony of thy mouth.”
Persecution can make us feel like the life has been taken out of us; but we can find renewed life each day through the Word of God.
When we feel defeated, His Word revives us.
When we feel empty, His Word sustains us.
When we feel needy, His Word provides for us.
His Word gives us life.
“It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”
His Word gives us life through Christ Jesus.
“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”
He wants us to know we have eternal life through Him.
1 John 5:11-13
“And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”
He does all of this, because He loves us.
“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”
God loves us so much He gave His Son to die for us, and He preserved His Word for us. He wants us to know we have life through His Son, and we can renew our minds each day through His Word.
If we want the Lord to order our steps, we must find that His Word gives us life each day.
Deuteronomy 21-22 | Mark 15 | Psalm 57
“They had almost consumed me upon earth; but I forsook not thy precepts.”
The persecution we endure at the hands of others should only cause us to cling more to the Truth of the Word of God.
Encouragement In Persecution
We can be encouraged that though we are troubled, perplexed, persecuted, and cast down; we are not distressed, in despair, forsaken or destroyed. There is still breath in our lungs and reason to press on ahead in the work of the Lord.
2 Corinthians 4:8-9
“We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;”
Purpose For Persecution
When God allows something to occur in our lives, He always has a reason. We must remind ourselves that Jesus was persecuted so much they crucified Him. When we are persecuted we have the opportunity to be more like Him.
2 Corinthians 4:10-11
“Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.”
Persecution is no excuse to forsake the Word of God. Oftentimes when we need help, we seek first to find it anywhere else but the Scriptures.
“All this is come upon us; yet have we not forgotten thee, neither have we dealt falsely in thy covenant. Our heart is not turned back, neither have our steps declined from thy way;”
If we want the Lord to order our steps, we must cling more to the Word of God in times of persecution.
Deuteronomy 19-20 | Mark 14 | Psalm 56
“All thy commandments are faithful: they persecute me wrongfully; help thou me.”
The Word of God is Faithful, because He is Faithful.
1 Corinthians 1:9
“God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.”
When other speak lies against us, God’s Word is faithful to right all wrongs. He longs to help and deliver us from persecution; though the more we are persecuted, the more the Word will be glorified.
2 Thessalonians 3:1-3
“Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith. But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.”
God will deliver us, because His Word tells us that He is Faithful to do so.
1 Corinthians 10:13
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
God gave us His Word, so that we can faithfully share It with others.
“Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.”
Thank Him today for being Faithful by being faithful to His Word.
“But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”
If we want the Lord to order our steps, we must thank Him for His Faithful Word.
Deuteronomy 17-18 | Mark 13 | Psalm 55
"The proud have digged pits for me, which are not after thy law.”
Joseph found himself in a pit after his brothers left him for dead. They meant it for evil, but God had a purpose for his life.
The Lord brought him up out of that pit and put him in prison. When most Christians would have questioned the Lord, Joseph kept the faith. He knew God had a plan to use his life for His glory.
"But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.”
If you feel as if God has you in a pit today, rest assured that God has placed you there for a reason. Instead of giving in or giving up, stand still and allow the Lord to deliver you in His time, and in His way.
"I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.”
Allow the Lord to use this time for your good and His glory. We must trust Him to deliver us from the pits of our lives.
"And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies. Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.”
If we want the Lord to order our steps, we must allow Him to use the pits of our lives for His glory.
Deuteronomy 15-16 | Mark 12 | Psalm 54
“How many are the days of thy servant? when wilt thou execute judgment on them that persecute me?”
We have only a short time to serve the Lord, so we must use the time we have been given wisely.
“Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble.”
Oftentimes we put off until tomorrow what we could do today. We are not promised another day, so we must seek to do the Lord’s will while we can.
“Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.”
The blessings God has in store for us today are found within His Word. We do not know what tomorrow holds, so we must not let today slip by without seeking Him through the Scriptures.
“Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”
Though we do not know what tomorrow will bring, we can choose to live for Christ and learn from God’s Word today.
“This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”
If we want the Lord to order our steps, we must prepare today to serve God tomorrow.
Deuteronomy 13-14 | Mark 11 | Psalm 53
“For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet do I not forget thy statutes.”
During the time this Psalm was pinned, bottles were made of animal skin and dried by smoke. For the Psalmist to describe himself as such a bottle, he must have been in a very uncomfortable state, but despite his lack of comfort, he made sure not to forget about the Word of the Lord.
When we find ourselves in an uncomfortable situation, we tend to rely on anyone or anything to rescue us; oftentimes forgetting that God’s Word has the Answer to soothe our soul.
“My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.”
We often take for granted the benefits of making the Word of God a priority in our lives. In His Word, there is favour, joy, love, peace, and so much more to be found.
Our impatience causes us to ask God, “When wilt thou comfort me?”, yet He has already provided the comfort, we just fail to look for it. What have we missed because we neglected to see what the Scriptures had to say?
“But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him;”
Seven times in the New Testament, Jesus Christ asks this question: “Have ye not read…?” He must have desired for the people to realize the importance of reading the Scriptures, and He preserved His Word so that we could realize it too. Whatever our situation, God’s Word provides the solution; if only we would seek to find it.
If we want the Lord to order our steps, we must stop neglecting the Word of God.
Deuteronomy 11-12 | Mark 10 | Psalm 52
“Mine eyes fail for thy word, saying, When wilt thou comfort me?”
Our timing is rarely God’s timing. We tend to want things to happen immediately or when we feel is convenient for us, but God does not work that way. We see within His Word time and time again where He chooses to make His people wait until He sees fit for things to happen.
The usual example of God’s timing is when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead after arriving four days late according to his sisters. More often than not we can relate with how Mary and Martha felt. Just when we think all hope is gone is when God usually begins to reveal to us that He had been working behind the scenes all along.
When? - A Lack of Patience
Usually impatience is one of our biggest weaknesses. Waiting is not fun, and it is easy to give up hope or quit praying for God to move. When God makes us wait, He always has something better on the way.
“Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.”
When? – A Longing for Provision
We can wait patiently while longing for God to provide for us. The maturing Christian has learned that impatience must grow into longsuffering, which comes by yielding to the Holy Spirit as He works within us.
“That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:”
Regardless of our reasoning for asking “When?” we must remember Who we are waiting on. He is working all things for our good and His glory. We must wait by placing our faith in Him.
“And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.”
If we want the Lord to order our steps, we must learn how to wait on His timing.
Deuteronomy 9-10 | Mark 9 | Psalm 51
“My soul fainteth for thy salvation: but I hope in thy word.”
As our soul begins to show the weakness of our flesh, we can choose to strengthen our faith through His Word. Hope begins with faith, and without faith it is impossible to please God.
“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
To wait is to have faith and hope in what the Lord can and will do in our situation. When we wait upon Him through His Word, He renews His strength in us. As we yield to His strength, we can walk with Him and run for Him.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
“For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
We must renew ourselves daily by spending time with the Lord through His Word. Renewed strength and growth will only come as we die to our own will, and take up our cross for His glory.
“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.”
Denying our will leads to following His; and following to serving Him. In the ministry there will be trying days when our flesh simply wants to quit. The Apostle Paul knew this by experience…yet he pressed on because he saw the reward ahead.
“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”
If we want the Lord to order our steps, we must choose to renew ourselves daily through His Word.
Deuteronomy 7-8 | Mark 8 | Psalm 50
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