As Preachers, part of our task each week is to help equip the saints to survive the daily grind. Our goal no doubt is to get them ready to face life, to endure hardships, to live the Abundant Life, and to shine the light of Christ as long as we are in the world.
In the current political cycle, we have been inundated with untruths, hollow promises, daily spin, and otherwise useless talk. If we are not careful, we can allow ourselves to become so cynical and jaded that we are tempted not to believe anyone, ever. We find ourselves asking if there is anyone who can be trusted? Is there anyone who is what they claim to be?
Our members read, retweet, and repost information without attempting to find out if it’s true. Unfortunately, some of us have done the same. How are we to respond in this environment. For those of us who preach and minister each week, one of the biggest questions is, how can we help our people navigate the treacherous waters we find encompassing us each day?
One way we can help is to always remind ourselves as well as our members of the faithfulness of our loving Father. We need to preach about God’s faithfulness, write about God’s faithfulness, and often speak of God’s faithfulness.
He is “abounding in love and faithfulness.” (Exodus 34:6)
He is “a faithful God.” (Deuteronomy 32:4)
“You established Your faithfulness in Heaven itself.” (Psalm 89:2)
“Your faithfulness surrounds You.” (Psalm 89:8)
“Nor will I ever betray My faithfulness.” (Psalm 89:33)
“God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” (Numbers 23:19)
In a time when we wonder if anyone can be trusted, we should consistently offer reminders that truth and faithfulness are a part of the character of the God we serve!