Keep on Moving in God's Direction
As I mentioned in the last blog, the fact that God is always faithful does not mean that we don't have a part to play. However, we shouldn't play our part because we think we can earn more of God's love or acceptance. Instead, our actions should be born out of the revelation that God deeply cares for us and chose to love us before we even existed.
Faithfulness does not involve making one right decision on the spot hen confronted with a situation. It's preparing your heart and your mind before-hand to choose to do what God told you to do, regardless of your circumstances. This will give you a strong confidence that what God spoke to you about will come to pass and that it's a plan worth Standing up for. If people come along and tell you that you're crazy for doing what god told you to do, then you just might be headed in the right direction.
One Crazy Wall
In the book of Nehemiah, the main character himself encountered several people and situations that intended to deter him from his path. However, for every situation, he was able to readily give an answer. He don't waver in his response because he knew he was participating in God's will by rebuilding the temple. By the end of the story, not only did Nehemiah know that God was working on His behalf but so did everyone around him.
Scared Yet Faithful
I asked God to show me another character of the bible that shows faithfulness and He whispered back, "Gideon." I wasn't sure that I had heard Him correctly until I re-read the story of Gideon. He's not the first person that comes to my mind when I think of the fruit of faithfulness. Gideon seems to make up excuses for why he is unable to do what God has called him to do.
The beginning of the story of Gideon portrays him as being a coward. God tried to reframe his mindset when he calls him a "mighty man of valor." Not only is God persuading Gideon to think differently about himself, He is also presenting him with the truth. God knows that Gideon truly is a mighty man of valor because God is the one who created him and he knows what He's places on the inside of him. God isn't just playing a mind game with him but He is breathing out what is actually on the inside of Gideon.
What does Faithfulness Really Mean?
Although Gideon carried an immense amount of fear with him while he did what God wanted him to do, he still went ahead and continued to do what God had called him to do. God challenged Gideon to rethink about where or what he put his trust in, and Gideon obeyed for the most part. When God asked Gideon to tear down the idol that his family was worshipping, he did so, but he did it at night. When God told Gideon to send away certain men in his army because it was too large to say that God ha won the battle, he listened to the voice of the Lord. Just because his answer wasn't as confident as Nehemiah's, it doesn't mean that he wasn't faithful. He was confident in what God told Him to do and he kept on doing whatever it was that God had told him to do. He was faithful.