Bible Ballistics: BBs #773 A Confidence Beyond Weariness!!!
While I haven’t posted much lately, I have had the faithfulness of God on my mind. We’ve had some severe health issues facing us lately, and through all of the strain and the weariness, God is ever faithful. On that I will ever stand, for with Job I count the faithfulness of God above all things
“For I know that my redeemer liveth,
and that he shall stand
at the latter day
upon the earth:
26 And though after my skin worms
destroy this body,
yet in my flesh
shall I see God:
27 Whom I shall see for myself,
and mine eyes shall behold,
and not another;
though my reins be consumed
within me.” Job 19:25-27
I shall see GOD, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Job knew it, and so do I. How about you? We who belong to Jesus shall behold HIM, and yet even more importantly, in this earthly life, is the necessity that we “behold” God here and now, that through HIS Word we come to know HIM more and more personally and intimately! James reminds us that it is by beholding the reality of God’s person, character, and truth that we can know and behold HIM more and more, here, and now!
lay apart all filthiness
and superfluity of naughtiness,
and receive with meekness
the engrafted word,
which is able to save your souls.
22 But be ye doers of the word,
and not hearers only,
deceiving your own selves.
23 For if any be a hearer of the word,
and not a doer,
he is like unto a man
beholding his natural face in a glass:
24 For he beholdeth himself,
and goeth his way,
and straightway forgetteth
what manner of man he was.
25 But whoso looketh
into the perfect law of liberty,
and continueth therein,
he being not a forgetful hearer,
but a doer of the work,
this man shall be blessed
in his deed.” James 1:21-25
As you/I know more and more of God’s Word, and learn to trust to His faithfulness, we can come to know more and more of our/my GOD, my Lord, and my KING. We can simply glance at truth, without considering its import. As Paul told his son-in-the-ministry, Timothy, we are to “study” to know God’s Word that we might find ourselves approved before GOD, knowing that God’s Word is perfectly sufficient unto all our needs, especially teaching us of Himself!!!
is given by inspiration of God,
and is profitable
for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God
may be perfect,
unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
In our vernacular, mature (not sinlessly perfect), and equipped for all that God calls us to be and do!
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God,
a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,
the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15
As Paul also tells us about salvation and good works—they work together, by God’s faithful provision.
“For by grace are ye saved
and that not of yourselves:
it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works,
lest any man should boast.
10 For we are his workmanship,
created in Christ Jesus
unto good works,
which God hath before ordained
that we should walk
in them.” Ephesians 2:8-10
And as we draw near to HIM, we can learn to be more of what God calls us to be, HOLY, and able to fulfill the “good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them”. (And you’ll note below that our call is to “holiness” not “happiness”, not a very popular thought today!)
“Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind,
and hope to the end
for the grace that is to be brought
at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
14 As obedient children,
not fashioning yourselves
according to the former lusts
in your ignorance:
15 But as he which hath called you is holy,
so be ye holy
in all manner of conversation;
16 Because it is written,
Be ye holy;
for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:13-16
It is this confidence in God, HIS Word, and HIS call, that sustains me and will sustain you, if you will but delve into it, and take the truths of God into your heart. Much like what the Proverbs say:
“Trust in the LORD
with all thine heart;
and lean not
unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways
and he shall direct
thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
So, if I may sum it all up, we are all faced with trials, crises, difficulties, and times of extreme weariness; we must each choose what we will do with our crises—will we keep our eyes on Jesus, or on our own resources. It’s your choice, but remember, there is a test.
“Looking unto Jesus
and finisher of our faith;” Hebrews 12:2a
Amen and Amen!!!