Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Dog, Friend, or . . . God?

When you hear the word “faithful,” do you think of a dog, a friend, or. . . God?

Yes, God.

I Corinthians 1:8-9 says “He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful” (NIV).

To quote one of my favorite preachers, Keith Moore, “God won’t allow you. . . to be tempted or tried above what you’re able, but will, with the temptation, make a way where you’re able to escape it.

“What does that mean? If a problem shows up in your life that you never imagined  you’d have to deal with, He is faithful to help you overcome it. Don’t ever believe the lie that ‘This is too big. This is too much.’ If it really was too big, it wouldn’t be in our life. God wouldn’t have allowed it.”

This year has thrown a couple of humongous issues our way---troubles we never dreamed we’d encounter. I admit I’ve been sorely tempted to say,“Lord, this is more than I can handle.”

You too?

Please take hope from the words above, from God and from Brother Moore. If the Lord didn’t have faith in our ability to overcome every fiery dart of the enemy, He would never have allowed them into our lives. The good news is, He does have faith in us. And He is faithful to help us. 

He loves us deeper than our pain. He will be faithful to show us the way out of this complicated mess. So, “Be brave. Be strong. Don’t give up. Expect God to get here soon” (The Message).

God is faithful.