Houston Forward Times

06 November 2013 Written by  James Washington

Spiritually Speaking...

When you begin to examine God’s faithfulness, if you look closely, you’ll find there are too many references in the bible to quote on this subject. I was trying to figure out a way to reference this in writing and found my spirit being moved by a quote I’ve used often. It’s not mine so let me declare that now. “God is not schizophrenic.” Life tends to bring that uniquely human characteristic out of us, but God is consistent in His unwavering faithfulness to us. He actually keeps His promises and believe it or not, in His unpredictability, He is predictable. To put it candidly, He loves us no matter what. That means you. No matter how hard we try to deny this, no matter how unworthy we believe ourselves to be, we cannot deny or change this truth because the truth never changes. Warts, flaws and faults, God loves you.

 The problem we have with God’s consistency is our own inconsistency. When you come to grips with that and put it alongside God’s steadfastness, our fickleness screams at us with a bizarre kind of laughter. I mean really. Our behavior might and often does become sinfully shaky, but our faith should not. Then in the context of our faith, God’s promise within His covenant with us should indeed flourish. So when you become erratic in your walk, your peace of mind, your order, your return to spiritual balance should come from your belief in God’s faithfulness and His unconditional love for you. People, we’re not dealing with trick questions, sleight of hand or spiritual illusions when it comes to the promise of eternal life and everlasting salvation in the kingdom. With mustard seed faith, comes the understanding that God is not schizophrenic. 

Someone once told me that in life, there should be things and people you can count on. The point was being made as we referenced the many things in life that you can’t count on; those things and people who will let you down. Friends will let you down. Family will let you down. You might think your fate is inconclusive, going nowhere and we all know fame is fleeting. Yet and still, God is. Being a Christian does not exempt anyone from the challenges of daily life. They can be severe. Tests and testimony are real. Yet and still, God is. He does however, demand and require the discipline of faith. Unfaithfulness, schizophrenia, relapse, back sliding is what gets all of us into trouble. Faith is what gets us out. Why? Because God is good all the time; always was, always will be. He is not lost. He is not moved. As a matter of fact, He is at the same place where you originally found Him. Through all your messes, look there and you will find Him again and again.

My bible says faith proves itself by obedience. The more we accept this, the clearer our messes become. It becomes obvious as to how we got into them and how we can get out. When all is said and done, what more do you need? Once you understand where home is and that it will always be there, you are never lost, no matter what or who you encounter. It’s the kind of knowledge that never leaves you wanting. “Be strong and bold; have no fear or dread of them, because it is the Lord your God who goes with you; He will not fail you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31: 6.

May God bless and keep you always, James