It would not be unfair to say that few of us are ever free of complaints within our heart. We may not voice it but there is probably something there if we search deeply in all honesty. Don’t we always wish for something to be better or different? Of course, there are certain things of God that we ought not to be satisfied with; to hunger after and desire but I’m not talking about holy discontent… When we read about the Israelites in the wilderness we find many instances of dissatisfaction. They complained about thirst, about hunger and they were tired of eating manna. They cursed Moses for having brought them out to the desert and reminisced about their lives in Egypt. At one point they even made an idol and worshipped it. Despite everything that God had done for them they still could not fully trust in God’s plans and His ability to provide. Then we find God’s wrath being raised against the people to a point where God just wanted to wipe them out and start again. If it were not for Moses’ intercession, that just might have happened. Sometimes we may get the impression that God is a wrathful God because of such instances - but God did relent from harming them (Exodus 32:14). He is not an angry father looking out to punish His children. The Israelites tested God’s patience ever so close to the end but yet God still relented according to the multitude of His mercies (Psalm 106:45). Imagine - the Israelites were the race that God chose, nurtured and protected. It wasn’t as if they did not know Him because God was with them by night and day; a pillar of cloud and of fire (Exodus 13:21-22). God was first faithful to Israel. His faithfulness brought them out of captivity and slavery. His faithfulness saved the race from certain death in the hands of the Pharaoh. He protected them, blessed them, provided for them, guided them and healed them. We tend to overlook the fact that God was first faithful to the Israelites. He gave them every blessing. Yet they still forgot, were not thankful and instead murmured. We are not unlike the Israelites at times. We murmur in our hearts. God doesn’t only hear what is in our hearts but He searches it (Jeremiah 17:10; Psalm 44:21; Matthew 9:4). When we feel like we are receiving the short end of the stick; when we feel we are hard done by; or wonder why God hasn’t responded to the desires - we need to remind ourselves that God has first been faithful to us. We are each blessed individually in so many ways that only we would know. We should count our blessings, give thanks and trust that God will provide in His perfect time. We may wish for things to be better but we should not forget that things could always be worse. God is not slow to His promises but is long-suffering and extremely patient towards us (2 Peter 3:9). He is indeed faithful and His mercy endures forever (Psalm 136).
This is so true. We cannot possibly be aware of what our life would be like without God's intervention. We see far less than what there really is. He is faithful and true!
Amen..the Lord is faithful and great is His faithfulness and if we remember Him as our faithful God, we never need worry or fear for the future, whatever betide, as long as we have our hand in His.
The author of Great is Thy Faithfulness must have felt many lowpoints in his life for he never attended school or college, he had to resign as a Methodist minister after one year because of poor health, he began writing and received his share of rejection letters, and even when his poems were printed he seldom received money. He wrote the hymn based on Lamentations 3:22-23 "His compassions they fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy Faithfulness."
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 forever will be.
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!
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
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!
by Thomas O Chisholm
May we be like that hymn-writer - stout-hearted, faithful and true to the end, remembering His faithfulness.
Dew, We can always rationalize our condition by saying it could be worse... and it could. Yet, it could be of little solice. An affirmative resolution for me is found in the more hopeful " There but for the grace of God, go I", perhaps only because I like the sound of it and because it greatly favors where you are now.
Thank you for your always affirmative commentary. milt
A habit is formed after 21 days! ? Guess I should start getting into the habit of praise and thanksgiving now... for the Lord is faithful and He is good and forever to be praised!! :o) and yeah! He inhibits in the praises of His people... sure want Him to be right here in every and all my circumstance... !!
Thank you for your words of wisdom from God. I am a newly saved Christian (just 3-4 weeks in) and I am going through a lot of spiritual warfare to the point where my body physically aches. I am learning to trust God and leave it in his hands. At times it is so hard to do cause when I was in the world, my number 1 habit was to worry myself until something was done and this is one of the things that I need to pray about daily, breaking this habit. I am learning to let go and let God do the work in my life. Now my issue is not letting myself fret over whether or not I truly let it go and gave it to God! LOL I know it sound repetitive but that is how I am feeling.
"We may wish for things to be better but we should not forget that things could always be worse. God is not slow to His promises but is long-suffering and extremely patient towards us..."
This is what I keep telling myself. I could still be in the world, worried about mundane things but I am saved by His grace through Jesus and while I am still learning I know that I am safe.
Again thank you!