I’m pretty sure that the phrase “Jesus is faithful” (or something like it) is on 99% of my posts. That’s the theme that has resounded over and over again in my life- in Mom’s sickness, in becoming a teacher, in motherhood, and so much more.
What does it mean exactly for Jesus to be faithful? It means that He is who He says He is and that He will do what He says that He will do. This means that Jesus really is the just, merciful, all powerful, sovereign, caring, loving with a steadfast love, redeeming, and gracious God that He says He is (and SO much more). This mean that when Jesus promises to give peace, He will. It means that when Jesus promises to be with us, He will be. If Jesus says it, it is true and trustworthy.
We are so undeserving of Jesus’ faithfulness to us. We are so unfaithful to Him, yet He remains faithful. I’ve been reading through Exodus and the story of how the Lord delivered the Israelites from the Egyptians. I love reading about The Lord is faithful to the Israelites in countless ways as He brings them out of Egypt.
To bring them out of Egypt, The Lord does so many miraculous signs to prove that He is the Lord. When the Egyptian army was chasing down the Israelites because Pharaoh had changed his mind about letting them go, the Lord parted the Red Sea so that the Israelites could walk across on dry ground. When the Israelites needed food, He provided just enough for each day. When they needed water, He told Moses to beat a rock with his staff, and water poured out from the rock. The Lord was constantly with them, watching out for them, and providing for them. But between all of these wonderful things that the Lord did, the Israelites were grumbling. The minute that things got just a little bit difficult, they grumbled to Moses (which they learned was ultimately grumbling to the Lord). They even said that they would rather go back to their life of slavery!
Crazy, isn’t it? I often read about the Israelites and their grumbling and unfaithfulness to the Lord, and I don’t get it. I’m like, “The Lord just split a sea in half for you! Why in the world are you grumbling?!” But then the Lord gently reminds me that I am the Israelites. He has been nothing but faithful to me. He has delivered me from the slavery of sin. He has redeemed me and made me new. Yet, I so quickly forget. I so quickly fall into grumbling or wanting to go back to my old self that He has saved me from.
The Israelites seem to suffer from having a short term memory when it comes to the Lord’s faithfulness and all that He has done. I love that the Lord knows this about them (and us), so He asks the Israelites to set up markers to remind them of things that He has done and so that they can share of it with future generations.
So, my prayer as I’m reading through Exodus is that the Lord would give me a long term memory of His faithfulness and all that He has done. And that I would see everyday things in my life as markers of His faithfulness- the faces of my children, my sweet husband, our living room where the Spirit was faithful to meet us as we worshiped Him after Mom passed away, our dining room table where the Lord was faithful to confirm His will for me to stay at home… and so, so much more.
What about you? What are some markers of the Lord’s faithfulness in your life? Pray that He would give you a long term memory of His faithfulness and all that He has done. Pray that He would open your eyes to the reminders that He has given us that He is the good, good Father.