32. Resolved, to be strictly and firmly faithful to my trust, that that in Proverbs 20:6, "A faithful man who can find?" may not partly be filled in me.
Faithfulness. Consistency. Perseverance. Endurance.
These are the hard parts of the Christian life. It is so easy to start well- to set off with a burst of energy and good intentions. To finish well is far more rare.
Are you firm to your trust?
Lately I've struggled. A few unexpected bills, this uncertain pregnancy, and frustration over bed rest... and I've allowed my anxieties to crop up thick and hasty, instead of faithfully trusting the LORD who does all things well.
Beyond faithfulness in trusting Him, I want to be faithful to the calling He has placed on my life. Faithful to use the time He has given me well (even if I am stuck on the couch for now). Faithful to love, serve, and minister to my family and others He's placed around me.
How can unfaithful me manage to remain faithful? Once again the answer comes back to the Gospel:
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12:1,2
Look to Jesus. When anxiety begins to creep and crawl over my heart, I need to look to Jesus. When I'd rather just be lazy then do what I know I ought to, I need to look to Jesus. When temptation comes calling, life seems to hard, and you just don't feel like obeying... look to Jesus.
Be encouraged: "if we are faithless, he remains faithful- for he cannot deny himself." 2 Tim. 2:13
No one is faithful all of the time- only Jesus is. When we're discouraged by our own faithlessness, we can take courage as we look to Him, and His perfect record attributed to our account.
May we be found faithful this week! May God give us grace to finish well!