Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have the confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. (Hebrew 10:19-23 NIV)
How often have our family and friends told us, “You can count on me.’? But do we truly mean it? Are we there when people need us the most and things go wrong? Do you call or text to ask how you are? I’m thinking about you and praying for you. Let’s face it, we get involved in our daily routines and obligations and forget that we have a calling “to love people, just like He loves us.”
I have heard these words many times throughout my Christian walk. I used to say things like that myself. But sadly, when I or other people needed to hear such words, there was silence.
Today, the Lord led me to read Hebrews 10:19-23, titled “A Call to Persevere in Faith,” during my quiet time with Jesus. Why is the Lord reminding me of this passage? What did He want me to remember or learn? When Jesus took our place on the cross, the veil separating us from our Father was torn down. Because of the blood of Jesus, we are able to enter the Holy of Holies, where we can sit with the Father when our hearts are broken and tell Him how we feel.
Throughout the Scriptures, we have learned the many unique characteristics of our Father. Here are some of the things the Lord reminded me of today.
- God is faithful. When considering it to be normal when people come and go from our lives as one season changes into the next. But our Father is not like that at all. He never changes. Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” He is faithful.
- God is omniscient. He knows what we need and what is happening to us every moment. Nothing surprises Him. Proverbs 15:3 says, “The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.” Nothing about us is hidden from Him.
- God is omnipotent. Our Father has authority over everything here on earth, as in heaven. Nothing can ever escape His control. There is nothing He cannot do. Job realized God’s power in Job 42:2, “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted.”
- God is omnipresent. There is no one or anything outside the Lord’s presence. Psalm 139:7-13, David said, “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there, your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me, and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”
All space and time are within God’s sight. He even knew us before we were born. How awesome our Father is! In addition to these wonderful traits, I know that our Heavenly Father is faithful to His Word and never lies. In the Book of Titus, Paul states, “Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness— in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time,” (1:1-2)
Further, Numbers 23:19 states, “God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” Knowing who God is gives us the comfort in knowing we can put our trust in Him and that, even when things don’t go as planned, or our prayers aren’t answered right away, we can be confident that He will help us in His time.
Friends, God’s character is not affected by time, place, people, or circumstances. We can trust that He is faithful and will always keep His promises. So when you find yourself in a situation where you feel trapped, abandoned, disappointed by others, or even unheard, be encouraged in the knowledge that while people, circumstances, and even our plans may change, God, our loving Heavenly Father, never changes nor will He fail us. He is the only constant in our lives. We can count on Him both now and forever.
Father, thank you for reminding me today that You are with me always, even when I can’t see it. Thank You for never leaving me or forsaking me despite my actions. Lord, thank You for being the constant in my life. I don’t know where I would be if You weren’t in my life. I love You and praise You, Lord, today and forever. Let Your will be done in my life permanently. In Jesus’ name, I praise You and give You all glory.
The Holy Bible, New International Version. (1985/2011). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.