God ALWAYS Keeps His Word
18 Who is a God like you,
who pardons sin and forgives the transgression
of the remnant of his inheritance?
You do not stay angry forever
but delight to show mercy.
19 You will again have compassion on us;
you will tread our sins underfoot
and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.
20 You will be faithful to Jacob,
and show love to Abraham,
as you pledged on oath to our ancestors
in days long ago.
Unlike men, God is perfect in all His ways. When God pardon’s our sin, He pardons it completely. It is as if it had never happened:
as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
God no longer holds our sin against us. We who are in Christ, who have believed upon the name of the One and Only Son of God, have been cleared of all charges – past, present, and future. God greatly desires that as former criminals we be reformed and act as He would desire, just as man wants former criminals to be reintegrated into society in a lawful and peaceful way. Sanctification is the tool that allows that to occur.
God is not a liar. He is incapable of lying, for God IS truth:
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
God is completely faithful to forgive anything that we have done, anything we bring before Him. We must, however, turn from our sin and turn towards God. When we ask for forgiveness and then immediately (and WILLFULLY) go back to what we were doing, we are basically like the child who says to dad and mom “I’m sorry (that I got caught, please spare me the consequences of my actions, I’ll be more careful to hide what I am doing from you going forward).”
God greatly desires to see us walk in His ways. His faithfulness to forgive frees us from the fear of punishment that the un-Godly will encounter. God is faithful in all things, for His very nature – His character – allows Him no other course of action when we approach Him in good faith, no matter how many times we stumble and fall. Will a loving parent reject a child who falls down and skins their knee when trying diligently to walk carefully and cautiously? If we would not, why would God?
We are created in the image of God. God has emotions. He gets angry. But God’s anger only lasts a little while. God will not turn His face away from us forever in His anger. God will not turn His face away from those who are faithful to Him. He delights in His children. God tells us to be angry and do not sin. He also tells us that we should not let the sun go down on our anger. God is NOT a hypocrite like men. If God tells us to do something, will He then not model it for us?
Moved to Mercy
God’s heart is a heart of mercy. Knowing that we are unable to do what He commands us to do, He took it upon Himself to pay our debt. In His great mercy and compassion, He sacrificed His One and Only Son, Jesus Christ, to bear our iniquity and to receive our just and due punishment upon the cross. He now has legal authority to show us mercy. God greatly desires for all of us to come to Him. But without His mercy, we are unable to do so.
God’s mercies renew every morning:
22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
We fail to remember the mercy and compassion of God because the enemy of our souls, when we transgress God’s law, tries to convince us that God will not forgive us. It is that much more important that we seek out God and his mercy that we may be free from the bondage of sin – our guilt.
God is faithful in all that He does. He cannot be unfaithful, for His very nature relies upon it. Imagine that God’s faithfulness wavered. Would not everything that He did be tainted by that? Imagine if gravity only worked some of the time, and it was completely unreliable, working and not working randomly. What would happen?
In the same way that we can trust that the Sun will rise every morning, that the Moon will rise every night, that the stars will cross the sky, that God is faithful in each and every thing He does, and in each and every promise that He makes. God has made many promises to Jacob about his inheritance and descendants. God will keep each and every one of these promises faithfully in just the right time and in just the right way so that God will be praised and glorified to the utmost degree.
God has pledged to Abraham millennia ago that He would love his offspring, care for them, and make them so numerous that they would be as numerous as the sand on the seashore and the stars in the sky:
17 “I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 18 and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”
God does not lie, and He does not make promises that He cannot keep nor will not keep. God keeps every pledge He makes, no matter how long He takes to fulfill it. Since He has prophesied through His prophets about these things, He fulfills them at just the right time. And the time has come when God is calling all men to Himself. His angel has gone out into the world and proclaimed the Gospel to all nations. He is gathering His people as He promised to the land He gave to their ancestors, and He is bringing all things to a close. Seek Him while you may find Him, for time as we know it is about to end.
A Qualifying Question
Let’s ask a question: Am I relying on the faithfulness of God through my trials?
A short prayer of preparation:
Father in Heaven, You are completely faithful and trustworthy. Nothing and no one can cause Your plans to fail. You have carefully engineered through millennia the circumstances that have brought about each and every prophesy that You have given to us. Your word will stand now and forevermore. Help me to trust You completely in my pain through my trials. It is very hard to do so because of the lies of the enemy. Stand strong for me and with me as I overcome all things in Your strength. Give me everything I need to grow through my trials, and comfort me as I fend off the stinging rebukes of my enemies. Holy Spirit, plead my case before the Father, and pray for me, for I don’t know how to pray through these things. This I ask in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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