I have always loved seeing these two words together when I read the scripture. These two words put an end to a lot of worry and turmoil. These two words show that despite everything – there’s a God in whom we can count on. There’s a God in whom we can be assured – all things will work out for good.
Quite a lot of the situations we read about in the Bible where the children of Israel were provided for; where their battles were fought for them; where they were protected and led…Yet, they oftentimes lost sight of what might have just happened and began to fret and to complain.
This is not noted only for us to think, ‘how could they’. It is noted so that we can understand that despite all of their grumblings, complaining, fretting and turning aside, that God remained faithful and true to them. But God. He was always there for them.
The beautiful part is these stories are for our learning – for our understanding. Just as God was faithful and true to the children of Israel – He is just the same toward us. Because of Christ, we are adopted into the family of God and we belong to Him. He is our father, one that we can call ‘Abba, Father’.
As parents, we will do anything to care for and to protect our children. There’s a special kind of love we have toward them from the moment they become ours. We also care for the type of person our children will become and will teach and train them. As children of God, He will unconditionally love us, teach us and train us. He will always demonstrate His love for us.
Let’s look at some of the verses where these two words can be found and see just how wonderful the knowledge of God being present and in control can be.
Eternal Security – Psalm 49: 15
“But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave, For He shall receive me. Selah”
God’s Mercy toward Us. – Ephesians 2:1-9
“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
God’s good intentions Genesis 50:20
” But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.”
God intends Salvation for all Acts 10:28
“Then he said to them, “You know how unlawful it is for a Jewish man to keep company with or go to one of another nation. But God has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean.”
God Raised Jesus from the Dead – Acts 13:29-30
“Now when they had fulfilled all that was written concerning Him, they took Him down from the tree and laid Him in a tomb. But God raised Him from the dead.”
God demonstrates His Love – Romans 5:7-8
“For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
These are just some examples. God loves all of us the same. God is faithful to all of us. There are no preferences with God. He can be counted on to be faithful to us all. Isn’t it amazing to comprehend the height, depth, and fullness of God’s love toward us? We should remind ourselves every day that God is there, He’s faithful and His unconditional love will never fail.