A devotional thought from Joey Jernigan for “The Atonement-Driven Life”
Read: 1 Thessalonians 5:12-24 and Philippians 1:3-6
Trust is the most important characteristic of someone whom we consider to be faithful. If someone cannot be trusted, then we would not think of him or her as being faithful. However, if given enough time, at some point even the most faithful people in our lives will let us down. Pastors, teachers, friends, and family are not immune from failing to follow through on their promises. Many of us bring the failures of others to keep their promises into our relationship with God, and we have trouble trusting Him as a result.
But we have a choice to make in the moments that we struggle with trusting God. Are we going to compare God to people like us, or are we going to choose to believe that God is whom He says He is and will do what He has promised to do? God has begun something good in you through the power of the gospel, and He will not walk away leaving you incomplete. He will allow you to go through refining experiences, but He has promised to never leave or forsake His own. God has invested His Son’s life for you, and you can rest secure that He will be faithful.
Because of God’s faithfulness we can rejoice, pray, give thanks, and rest secure in knowing that God is at work in our lives to make us more like Jesus. As Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 5:24, “He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.” You will fail, and godly men and women you look up to will fail, but God is worthy of your complete trust and confidence, for He cannot fail. This is the God who has promised to be faithful to you even when you are unfaithful to Him, and this knowledge should draw you deeper into your relationship with Him.
Pause and Reflect:
• What times in your life have been the hardest to trust God?
• How can relying upon God’s faithfulness make the Christian life less dependent upon your own faithfulness to Him?