Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands. They would not be like their ancestors- a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not steadfast with God. Psalm 78:7-8
Jesus never taught people how to make a living. He taught people how to live. God doesn’t call us to be successful.
He calls us to be faithful.
We all know the story of the Israelites: God would fight for them, they would go astray, God would send a warning, and they would repent… it was an ongoing cycle. We will also fail God or fall from Grace in one way or another, but we cannot stay down.
We are married to God, and He will not tolerate us cheating on Him or competing with anything else. To be is a permanent state of being. The bible tells us to be steadfast, and different bible translations use the words faithful and loyal.
Since God called us into a covenant relationship with Him, He tells us be steadfast. We should seek to be steadfast:
- dutifully firm
God also tells us to be strong and be very courageous. He also tells us be perfect, even as your father in heaven is holy. We are familiar with the terms, to do, to think, to feel… but God is telling us, I need you, to be.
State of being:
- the nature or essence of a person
- an idea progressing from possibility to actuality
- a point of view gradually coming into being
In other word the Lord is telling us today, ‘let your nature and essence, be more than a possibility but an actuality of faithfulness, and unwavering conviction to my word.
Lord God, I present our present and futures to you my God. I pray we would not refuse to give our hearts to you. I pray for a heart of integrity and a sense of loyalty, so that we would remain faithful to you. I pray for wisdom and focus, as we guard our walks and our hearts each day. I ask you to make us courageous and strong saints. In Jesus name, Amen.