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Thursday, November 3, 2016
A Man of His Word
God is not human, that he should lie,
not a human being, that he should change his mind.
Does he speak and then not act?
Does he promise and not fulfill?
~ Numbers 23:19, NIV ~
It's the source of many a marital conflict and childhood disappointment -- Dad makes a promise, but then doesn't make good on it. An assortment of excuses are played in response to the looks of disgust or whining:
"I need a break."
"I changed my mind."
"I've got to get this work done."
"Dad is tired."
Credibility erodes each time a husband or father is not a man of his word.
I have watched this dynamic as it presses in on my own husband. He feels the immense burden of providing for his family, some of whom have incredibly expensive medical needs. At the same time, there's a lawn to be mowed, cars to maintain, household mechanics to keep running, and snow to be shoveled. In the midst of this, there are children to be shuttled and often duties to be split if one is hospitalized.
Is it any wonder Dad is often looking for ways to opt out when he is feeling overcommitted?
Yet, from my perspective, there is let-down. Either the children or I have been waiting for my husband's time or attention, but it has been denied once again. We all want him, but he is sensing that there isn't enough of him to go around. We aren't thinking of his difficulties. We just expect him to follow through on his commitments to us.
Isn't it a relief to know that we NEVER face this stressful dichotomy with our Heavenly Father?
God is ALWAYS a man of His word. What He says, He does. It is part of His very nature to remain true and faithful to His word. (See 2 Timothy 2:13) In fact, He is incapable of not making good on what He has promised.
Think of all that guarantees! Endless, intimate love is ours. We can never be separated or snatched away from Him. He strengthens the weak, rights the wrongs, and provides ultimate justice. He will never leave us nor forsake us. He is making an eternal home for us that is beyond our wildest imagination. Every tear will be dried. We will never suffer again in that place. Our salvation is sealed and guaranteed by His Son who gave His very life for us. He will never disappoint. We can ALWAYS have confidence that He WILL come through for us.
A person can barely get their mind around all of this. Perhapsif we spent time focusing on this faithfulness of God, His immutable character, we could take a little pressure off of Dad. Perspective and expectations could maybe be a little more reasonably calibrated. Because after all, there is only ONE perfect Father.
PRAY: Holy God, while You want us to say what we mean and mean what we say, You also want us to show one another mercy. Remind us that none of us is perfect. You alone are a Man of Your Word. May we take joy in that knowledge, finding relief in Your steadiness when life disappoints us.