Summary: God is always faithful to us.
THE FAITHFULNESS OF GOD
II Tim. 2:11-13
INTRO.- ILL.- An elderly man was crying uncontrollably as he sat on a park bench one day. A sympathetic lady just happened to walk by and stopped to talk to him. “What’s the matter?” asked the woman. “Don’t you have any money?”
“Oh, no. It’s not that. I cashed in my 401K last week, and I have $17 million dollars hidden under my mattress.” That wasn’t the old man’s problem so the woman tried another issue. She asked, “Don’t you have any friends?”
“I’ve got dozens of friends,” he cried. “They come by to see me all the time. They’re some of the most wonderful people in the world!”
The woman was getting bewildered. She said, “It’s your family, isn’t it? You’ve lost your wife and you’re all alone. That’s the problem, isn’t it?”
The man said, “It’s not that either. I was an old bachelor until just a few years ago when I married a beautiful woman who is much younger than me. She is a wonderful companion, and we enjoy every minute we have together.”
In utter exasperation, the lady asked, “Well, mister, just what is your problem then?”
He looked her straight in the eye and said, “I CAN’T REMEMBER WHERE I LIVE!”
Brethren, this may well be the problem that most of us have. What I mean is this: We have an awful lot going for us, far more than we realize and we have just forgotten where we live!
Most of the time we focus too much on what we consider to be sad circumstances in our lives instead of focusing on the Lord where our home is and our hearts should be!
Every time we turn around it seems like we are faced with something negative or nasty. It’s either in our own lives or in the lives of others, family members, friends, neighbors, fellow church members, etc.
ILL.- Someone is sick and in the hospital. Or someone is sick at home. Someone’s marriage may be falling apart. A mother and father down the street have a prodigal child who is headed for certain disaster. A young couple can make ends meet. Can’t pay their bills. Just keep getting behind. Or we don’t feel good. We have something wrong with our back, our hip, our stomach, our leg, our arm, etc. Our head aches till it nearly breaks.
Brethren, it would be humorous if it weren’t so true!
Where can we turn in the midst of all these trials and burdens? Where can we find some relief? Some help? Some comfort? Some peace of mind? Something solid to lean on?
We need to remember where our home is! WE NEED TO LOOK TO THE LORD! WE NEED TO FOCUS ON THE FAITHFULNESS OF GOD AND NOT ON OUR FAILURES AND HUMAN FRAILTIES!
Listen to the Word of God.
II Tim. 2:13 “If we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.”
Deut. 7:9 “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his convenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands.”
I Cor. 1:9 “God, who has called you into fellowship with his son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.”
I Cor. 10:13 “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.”