What a faithful God we have

I wonder if you ever think about all that God has done for you and think of all that God promises to do for you and think “it really is too good to be true!” We are so used to seeing things around us every day that just don’t live up to their hype…

The car that’s never going to be as good as the salesman says!

The gadget that doesn’t live up to the advert!

The ‘great deal’ that’s swamped by small print!

God promised Abraham that his offspring would take possession of the land. Abraham had faith – not in his own ability to possess the land – in God’s ability to do what he had promised. The people of Israel were repeatedly told by God that they would possess a land that is flowing with milk and honey – a prosperous land that was graciously given to them by God. But the generation who lived in the wilderness clearly thought it was too good to be true. They didn’t believe that God would do what he had promised. So they died in the wilderness. And God waited and led the next generation, a generation of faith, into the Promised Land.

As we’ve been studying through the book of Joshua on Sunday evenings, it is impossible to miss just how faithful our God is. Our God is perfectly loyal and completely consistent to his name, his character and his word.

I’m sure we all know the experience of someone doing something different to what they say. Someone betraying our loyalty or someone acting inconsistently to their word. At best we feel let down and at worst we question the very nature of the relationship itself. We don’t understand why someone would act so unfaithfully or so hypocritically. And then we realise that all of us are guilty of the same in different ways.

But God is not. He is completely true to who he is and what he says. As Joshua stood on the hill looking down on Jericho, he saw a fortified city completely shut up inside and out. Impenetrable. But God said, “see, I have given Jericho into your hand”. That’s not what Joshua saw but because God had said it, it is a done deal. It is guaranteed.

And just as God was faithful to his people then, he continues to be faithful now. If God was prone to change his mind, go against his promises, or betray his people, we would have no assurance in anything that he said or did. We could not trust him. But because our God is completely faithful, we, as Christians, have full assurance that all that God has said is true and all that he has promised will come to pass.

How do I know I am a child of God? Because he has said so!

How do I know that my faith in Jesus is enough to save me? Because he has said so!

How do I know that Jesus is with me every moment of every day? Because he has said so!

And he is always faithful to his word.

CBC celebrates 40 years in our building. The church was planted and established before this but we have been in our building for 40 years. Over those years, there is great testimony of God’s faithfulness to his people. Great testimony of what God has done in the lives of his people and how God has never once broken a promise to his people or let his people down.

Over the years, we can echo the words of Joshua: “you know in your hearts and souls, all of you, that not one word has failed of all the good things that the Lord your God promised concerning you. All have come to pass for you; not one of them has failed.” As we continue, by faith, to follow Jesus, we can be confident that our faithful God will continue to be with us, will continue to keep his word and his promises to us. And the wonderful truth about God’s promises is that they really are amazing – they are not too good to be true – they are both good and true!

Thomas McNeil

..., 22/04/2016