Escorted by faithfulness and mercy!

Verse for Today: Thursday, November 17, 2011

Psalms 89:24 – My faithfulness and loving kindness will be with him, and in My name his horn will be exalted.

God has established His faithfulness and loving kindness to be with His children at all the time and in all situations. His faithfulness is the cornerstone of His promises to His children and they can count on it all the time. His faithfulness will not depart from His children even when He disciplines them. He also deals us in loving kindness and compassion. In His mercy, He doesn’t give us what they are not equipped to handle. As we walk with the Lord each day, in all our experiences of hills and valleys, He always deals with us by fulfilling His promises. So we can always count on His promises to be fulfilled in our lives. We have the privilege to live each day by holding on to the promises which are ours to trust. Each promise can be personalized by each child for each moment in life. God’s power, prestige and dignity are embodied in each of His promises. God’s very character of changelessness is the cornerstone of these promises. They are fulfilled with loving kindness for the good of His children. God is absolutely faithful in all His utterances to His children and so they can claim these pronouncements in all situations and circumstances. Even when all others depart from us, He will not. His mercy will always be with us in all situations. He deals with us in mercy and will give us what we need. He does not give us what might cause us to be proud or to backslide. If we keep holding on to His promises and understand His mercy, we will be able to take comfort even in our painful situations. When there is no visible hope for us in our situations, our God has something good planned for us in it. So God permits seemingly painful and unpleasant events and situations in our lives, and make these works together for our good. We may not know how it would end up in our good, but in God’s faithfulness, God wants us to trust Him to work it out for our good. Nebuchadnezzar and Darius were made to worship our Lord because of the unpleasant and fearful experiences which God permitted in the lives of Daniel and the three Hebrew youth. These events exalted His children in the enemy territory. God’s faithfulness moved nations and kings and made them send His children back to their country to rebuild the Temple and the walls of Jerusalem according to His plan and schedule. God’s faithfulness and mercy become our teachers to help us learn lessons about the depth and breadth of God’s love and care for us.

Dear reader, are you intimidated by unpleasant and painful experiences in life today? Is your natural mind asking you as to how a faithful and merciful God permits such events in your life? Do you wonder how God takes glory to Himself through these events in your life? Remember, our God takes glory to Himself when there is a shortage and an embarrassment during a banquet in Cana. He takes glory when several thousand people are hungry in the wilderness. His name is exemplified when a dear brother of two loving sisters is promoted to glory. He is praised when the would-be king of Israel is hunted after. He is glorified when the sea blocks the passage of God’s people. When they are hungry and thirsty, He is glorified by the way they got food and water. His name becomes glorious when a strong city wall is broken simply when His people shout and blow the trumpet. God’s glory exemplifies in times of flood, water, wind, waves, storms, sickness, death, poverty, hunger, shipwreck and even in mockery and crucifixion. His faithfulness and mercy stand guard on both sides of His children just as security officers escort very important persons (VIP). When we hold on to His faithfulness and mercy, we can also go forward in all our unpleasant circumstances and experiences and learn spiritual lessons of trust, faith and peace all the time.

Psalms 91:4b – His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

Thought for Today

The dignity and status of the children of God is revealed through their victory march in this world with the escort of the faithfulness and loving kindness of God.

ESCORTED BY FAITHFULNESS AND MERCY!!
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