People will fail you, have you ever noticed that? It’s the nature of man to seek first his own kingdom and his own happiness. It’s kind of depressing, ain’t it?
But, God never fails us. He may not do what we want, or when we want Him to do it, but He never fails us. He does all for His own glory, and He does all in His own timing. And, those who love Him whom He has called are those that receive His specific goodness (Romans 8:28).
There were some righteous people, such as Enoch, in the years before the Flood. By the grace and power of God they endured in righteousness despite being surrounded by the corrupted, sinful world (similar to Romans 11:1-5). But, when all was said and done with each of their lives, those worshippers of God were rewarded with eternal life, but those who worshipped themselves received damnation.
It’s not much different for us as Christians:
- Romans 8:31-39 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, “FOR YOUR SAKE WE ARE BEING PUT TO DEATH ALL DAY LONG; WE WERE CONSIDERED AS SHEEP TO BE SLAUGHTERED.” But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Are you one of God’s elect, in Christ, justified and redeemed? If so, then God is for you. Even if we are imprisoned, beaten, tortured, and martyred for the sake of Christ as Paul, Peter, James, and millions of others have been, He doesn’t forget you and doesn’t send you away. You are secure in Christ forever!
- As we do every week, we celebrate today as Thankful Thursday—a day to remember to give thanks in all things. And today, we need to be thankful and content for when we are living, where we are living, and why we are living:
- There have never been “the good old days” as the world has always been full of sin and corruption. Reading preachers in the 19thcentury and they were often noting how overwhelming and busy society was, while we’re often pining to live “back then” in what we perceive was a slow-paced, comfortable age. You and me are living in the early 21stCentury because God placed us here, not back there.
- Thank Him now for divinely choosing when you would live.
- We live in our geographical location because God wants us to be the light of the world right where we are. Your neighbors need Christ. Your community needs Christ. You have been placed here to influence your neighbors, your fellow employees, and those you talk to at the local stores. This is your mission field. Paul was willing to give up everything to live in any geographical location God sent him, just so he could spread the Good News of Jesus Christ.
- Thank God now for the abundant opportunities you have right outside your door to proclaim the glories of Christ, the victory of the Cross, and the security of our souls.
- We live for one reason alone—to bring glory to God. Not for happiness, or to enjoy fine foods, or to make a lot of friends and play another round of golf, but to give glory to the One Who made you.
- God has all life, glory, goodness, and blessedness in and of himself; he alone is all-sufficient in himself. He does not need any creature he has made nor does he derive any glory from them. Instead, he demonstrates his own glory in them, by them, to them, and upon them. He alone is the source of all being, and everything is from him, through him, and to him. He has absolute sovereign rule over all creatures, to act through them, for them, or upon them as he pleases. In his sight everything is open and visible. His knowledge is infinite and infallible. It does not depend upon any creature, so for him nothing is contingent or uncertain. He is absolutely holy in all his plans, in all his works, and in all his commands. Angels and human beings owe to him all the worship, service, or obedience that creatures owe to the Creator and whatever else he is pleased to require of them.—From Chapter 2 of The 1689 2ndLondon Baptist Confession of Faith
- Thank God now that He has made you a worshipper of Him, and that He is worthy of all glory, honor, and praise. Thank Him now that He has bestowed eternal grace on you, and that He has put His name on you, and His Spirit in you.