God's Faithfulness Shines Brightest in the Darkest Hours




For the month of February, I felt the Lord calling me to do a blog series on God's Faithfulness.  See what I did there?  February - Faithfulness. lol

I have been in the Old Testament for many months now and I am currently reading Deuteronomy for my own personal quiet time, and our small group is studying the Book of Daniel.  This go around in the Old Testament, the take home message I keep seeing over and over again is God's incredible Faithfulness to His people and the loving purposes for God's commandments and statutes.

As I was reading the following portion of Scripture in the Book of Deuteronomy, I was filled with awe that the Mighty God of Heaven seeks after His own people and bestows upon them special privileges, all of which are received because of His loving guidance and provision.

“Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children's children—

“For ask now of the days that are past, which were before you, since the day that God created man on the earth, and ask from one end of heaven to the other, whether such a great thing as this has ever happened or was ever heard of.  Did any people ever hear the voice of a god speaking out of the midst of the fire, as you have heard, and still live?  Or has any god ever attempted to go and take a nation for himself from the midst of another nation, by trials, by signs, by wonders, and by war, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, and by great deeds of terror, all of which the Lord your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes?  To you it was shown, that you might know that the Lord is God; there is no other besides him.  Out of heaven he let you hear his voice, that he might discipline you. And on earth he let you see his great fire, and you heard his words out of the midst of the fire.  And because he loved your fathers and chose their offspring after them[c] and brought you out of Egypt with his own presence, by his great power,  driving out before you nations greater and mightier than you, to bring you in, to give you their land for an inheritance, as it is this day,  know therefore today, and lay it to your heart, that the Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other. Therefore you shall keep his statutes and his commandments, which I command you today, that it may go well with you and 
with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days in the land that the Lord your God is giving you for all time.”
Deuteronomy 4:9; 32-40

Here we see God's design for His creation.  He created us to be in relationship with Him.   Not just any old relationship, but a very, very special relationship.  One in which He reveals great and mighty things to His own.  Where He bestows special graces and mercies upon His especial people.  Where He purposes to covenant with His chosen ones to show HIMSELF faithful. That is just sooo amazing!  This isn't about a God who is a power-hungry taskmaster, but a God who is our Heavenly Father, and we, His dearly loved children.

Those of you who have spent time in the Old Testament I'm sure have noticed that the Lord reminds Israel over and over again of ALL that He has done for them.  Not in any play of arrogance, but to bolster His children's faith in Him who shows Himself trustworthy over and over again.  We are a forgetful people.

And those who are in Christ Jesus have the Holy Spirit to continually remind them, this is the way, walk in it, as He brings Scriptures, conviction and direction to their hearts.

Oh what special privileges we have as the children of a covenant keeping, faithful God who provides everything we need for life and living ALL of which can be found in the Holy Writ, the Bible.

The Lord established His Word and commands for our success and for our utter dependence on Him who desires for His children to call upon Him every moment so that He can show Himself faithful EVERY time.

Our Heavenly Father also sends trials our way to test our faith, to draw us back to Himself, and most especially to show us His great faithfulness.   I'm sure we can all remember back to a time where we were in the midst of serious trials where God strengthened us, provided for us and ultimately delivered us.  Were it not for the trial, we never would've experienced the special encouragement and strengthening of faith in a faithful God that could only come from that specific circumstance.  God's faithfulness shines brightest in the darkest hours.  Those are the memories that will fortify us when new trials arise.

But what about the unseen ways that the Lord has been faithful.  Those seemingly insignificant day to day activities that we might not even put much stock into, but where we may have been protected from injury or peril in a supernatural way.  We can trust this merciful God to be faithful behind the scenes.  Basically, our living out each day shows a faithful God who is ALWAYS at work.

It is soo very important to recount God's faithfulness.  Not only through reading the Bible which contains a multitude of accounts showcasing God's faithfulness throughout the Old and New Testament, but to think upon God's faithfulness at ALL times.  There isn't a second of our lives that God isn't showing Himself faithful to us in one way or another.

When we stay focused on God and HIS faithfulness, we will not be an easily distracted and forgetful people, but will behave as the chosen people we are who enjoy and Glorify God.  Our profound trust in the Lord will be evident to our children, our children's children and all of those in our circles.



Next week I will be writing more about verse 40 from the passage above, on how our obedience will cause things to go well with us and prolong our days.


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  1. Hi Karen, I am currently reading through Deuteronomy as well and I am absolutely loving the nuggets I find there. God was so faithful to the Israelites, and its a shining beacon to us, how faithful He is to us as well.
    God bless
    Tracy

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    1. Hi Tracy, Thanks for sharing that you are reading through Deuteronomy as well.

      Indeed!

      Blessings to you as well.

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  2. Oh, you are so right, sweet friend! God's faithfulness is so precious, and to look back and trace God's hand is so encouraging. I look back over my life and it is like looking at a connect-the-dots. Things I didn't understand at all while they were happening, now I can look back upon and say, "OH, that's why God didn't work that out first," etc. Even though many things still do not make sense, maybe one day, at the end of life, I will see the beautiful tapestry He has been weaving. Have you ever read Corrie Ten Boom's poem about the Master Weaver? I think that is what it is called. It talks about how ugly the tangled threads are underneath, but we only see that ugliness. God sees the beauty He is creating from the top side. Thank you for being such a blessing and encouragement to me. You are such a gift to this world!

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    1. Hi Cheryl! Oh yes! I've always loved that word picture by Corrie Ten Boom! Thanks for reminding me about it. The perfect addition to this post. <3

      You are welcome sweet friend. Your encouragement blesses me abundantly!

      Sending you much love and gratitude.

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  3. I needed this today, we had a serious medical emergency over the weekend. Praise God for His faithfulness!
    Blessings,
    Jennifer

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    1. Hi Jennifer,

      I'm glad that the Lord ministered to you at just the right time through this post. I hope all is well now.

      Indeed!

      Thanks so much for stopping by.

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  4. Deuteronomy has always and probably will always be my favorite chapter in the Bible. You chose a great subject with God's Faithfulness...so many people don't really believe that God is good. It all begins there. Have a great day!

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    1. Hi Ann, Nice to meet another Deuteronomy champion. :-)

      Have a great weekend!

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  5. Amen! I love studying the Old Testament and seeing God's faithfulness through all of Israel's trials. I loved your reminder of God's faithfulness in our everyday lives that we seem to overlook. That statement made me look back over my last few days and realize all the ways God's faithfulness was upon me. Thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. Hello, Praising God that you saw God's faithfulness in a new way this past week.

      You are very welcome!

      Thanks so much for stopping by.

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  6. His faithfulness reminds of the Love he has for his children. Same as parents do, the forgiveness and overlooking the many indiscretions of children. What a loving God. His forgiveness for his people. The Old Testament, when reading, I am often in awe of how much he does overlook or get angry at, but doesn't stay angry and finds a path for their forgiveness.

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    1. Hi Peabea, Yes! Yes!

      Indeed!

      Thanks so much for stopping by. I always enjoy your visits! :-)

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  7. As parents we can learn so much from God and his faithfulness. We know what it's like to love our children despite their repeated mistakes and how discipline comes from a place of love and is for our children's long term good. God does the same for us.
    Visiting from the Faith 'n Friends Link Party.

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    1. Hi Jo Lynn, Indeed!

      I shared once with a MOPS group how even when we've had the most exasperating day with our little ones, when we go in to check on them at night and see them sleeping peacefully and safely, we are filled with so much love for them. So if we who are sinners can feel that way toward our children, how much more does our Heavenly Father look at us in the same way with Perfect Forgiveness.

      Thanks so much for stopping by.

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  8. Thanks for being a part of Booknificent Thursday this month at Mommynificent.com! It’s a pleasure visiting your blog!
    Tina

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    1. Hi Tina, You are welcome!

      Thanks for the kind words. :-)

      And thanks for stopping by.

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