He Is Faithful
Read Nehemiah Chapter 9
Ne 9:32 “Now therefore, O our God, the great, mighty and awesome God, who keeps His covenant of love, do not let all this hardship seem trifling in Your eyes—the hardship that has come upon us, upon our kings and leaders, upon our priests and prophets, upon our fathers and all Your people, from the days of the kings of Assyria until today. 33 In all that has happened to us, You have been just; You have acted faithfully, while we did wrong. 34 Our kings, our leaders, our priests and our fathers did not follow Your law; they did not pay attention to Your commands or the warnings You gave them. 35 Even while they were in their kingdom, enjoying Your great goodness to them in the spacious and fertile land You gave them, they did not serve You or turn from their evil ways.
There is a key phrase hidden among the words of this passage. That key phrase is, “You have acted faithfully.” Those are four simple words, but within them is contained one of the main reasons that there are atheists. But it has a message for the Christian as well.
Atheists often say something like this, “If there were a God, He would not……………….!” There are many people who refuse to believe in God because they believe the things He says in His word just are not likeable. For example, some say, “In the Old Testament, God ordered the killing of many men, women, children, and even livestock. I can’t worship a God who would do that. In fact, a true God WOULN’T do that. Therefore, He isn’t real.” Others say that God is not real because at times He approved of slavery, and even ordered it. Therefore, He isn’t God.”
There is one thing that every man and woman must believe. God is God, and there is good purpose and reason for whatever He does. All that He does reflects a pure, righteous, holy God. He does nothing wrong, He does not sin and has never sinned. Our attitude toward our Creator must be one of complete assurance that He does no wrong. In the passage above, it is stated as “You have acted faithfully.”
As I look back over the span of my lifetime, I am ashamed to think of how many times I said, perhaps not in the same words but by my attitudes and ways of thinking, “You have not acted faithfully.” Here are a few examples:
- If You had acted faithfully, You would have given me a father and mother who parented me in such a way that I would not have been so vulnerable to same-sex attractions.
- If You were acting faithfully, You would have not allowed this major car expense to happen to me.
- If You were acting faithfully, You would have answered my prayer, and …….. would not have left the SSA group and now be fully living a gay life.
- If You were acting faithfully, I would have a better job and more pay.
- IF You were truly faithful, I would not be alone right now.
You get the drift. We have a tendency to see God as unfair, particularly as it affects our lives. There’s one more example we must examine.
“Why did you declare that homosexual behaviors are a sin? What’s wrong with it? Isn’t it love? If the heterosexual can get his needs met, why can’t I?” I suspect that every one of us have had those kinds of thoughts or similar thoughts. Here’s the rub – God is just, righteous, and faithful. That is simply a fact – one which is true, always been true, and always will be true. Each one of us needs to settle that score in our minds.
In these verses from Nehemiah, the people of God were coming to Him in full repentance. Complete repentance and submission says to God, “You have acted faithfully.” There has never been a moment in time and history where God was not faithful, true, and just. Pure and simple. We must realize that, and implant that truth into our minds, and never again accuse Him of being anything other than faithful. Whatever He does and allows has a purpose. We will understand some day.
Prayer: Oh, Father, I have been guilty many times. Please help us understand, but if it is not Your will for us to understand, help us to accept the truth – You have acted faithfully.