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“For the mountains may move

    and the hills disappear,

but even then my faithful love for you will remain.

    My covenant of blessing will never be broken,”

    says the Lord, who has mercy on you.”

Isaiah 54:10

Is there anyone in the world that actually enjoys change? Most of us are creatures of habit, so when anything changes in the slightest, we definitely take notice!

When I sense change coming, I fight it for as long as I can and then eventually surrender, realizing time and time again that I’ve made things so much harder for myself.

There is one thing that doesn’t change though, and that is God’s love for us. Through every season of life, no matter how exciting or how devastating – His faithful love remains. It does not change, falter or decrease.

When it seems like things are falling apart, we can always go back to the basics – we are His children, and we are so loved.

God, today I’m thankful that You stay the same through every season of life. Thank you for loving me.

“Dear friend, you are acting faithfully in whatever you do for the brothers and sisters, especially when they are strangers” (III John 5, Christian Standard Bible).

Third John, from which the above verse is taken, is a small book of only fourteen verses and addressed to a believer named Gaius. We know little about Gaius, which seems to have been a common name in that time. The New Testament records the name in five places, but they did not refer to the same person. Even though John did not write much about him, it is enough to get a sense of his character. He was a good man, faithful and hospitable. John recognized this.

  • He was beloved (verse 1)
  • His soul prospered (verse 2)
  • He walked in truth (verses 3-4)
  • He acted faithfully (verse 5)

When we read the Bible, we immediately recognize certain “main characters” in the narrative—Peter, Paul, John, and a few others. Yet even those men were not “super stars” playing to the masses. They, along with others less known such as Gaius, were just faithful people serving God to the best of their ability. The church today is much the same. Many, if not all, of those dedicated people do not see anything extraordinary in what they do. It’s how they live life and serve God. Those seeking “stardom” eventually reveal their true character.

Faithfulness is a wonderful character trait. It’s the kind of people we desire to have as a friend because we know we can count on them in the good times and the bad. They are reliable, constant, staunch in upholding their beliefs, and show integrity all they do. They are consistent, whether the task is great or small. They are faithful to use whatever talents and abilities God has given them.

Luke 16:10 describes them this way:

“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much” (English Standard Version).

For the child of God, faithfulness should be a given. After all, it is one of the nine attributes of the fruit of the Spirit as listed in Galatians 5:22-23. If our life is truly controlled by the Spirit, we are faithful.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law” (ESV).

Prayer: Lord, I want to live my life in such a way that I honor you with my faithfulness. Let the fruit of the Spirit be evident in my life, for that will enable me to do more for You. Whether You bless me with little or much, I want to be a good steward of Your blessings. Make my life count for things of the kingdom.

(Additional passages to read: I Corinthians 4:2; Proverbs 28:20; I Timothy 1:12; Matthew 25:21; Colossians 3:17.)

 

Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:20

Mother’s Day. This could either be a day of celebration for you, or a day of mourning. A day to receive flowers, and sweet gifts from your husband and children, or a day when you realize what you have lost.. or what you have never had in the first place.

Perhaps your heart is aching today for the children you never got to hold in your arms, only in your belly. You could be struggling through today as you try to make sense of an infertility diagnosis. Or maybe your children have walked away from truth, and your relationship has taken a hit because of it.

Today could be many things for you, it is for me. But tell your heart to take courage, because He is always with you.

If you are celebrating today, He is with you.

If you are grieving, He is with you.

If you are confused, He is with you.

No matter what your situation is today, God is faithful and He is constant. Today is different for all of us, but God remains the same.

God, I pray that you would be with each and every lady reading this devotional today. Whatever their circumstance, I pray that they would be reminded that You are always near. You never change – whether they are facing heartbreak or joy.. you remain the same and are as close as the mention of your name.