Psalm 119:112 – I have inclined mine heart to perform thy statutes always, even unto the end.
As I heard these words this week it struck me that these are the words of someone who is determined and willing to put in the hard work to complete the task. These are the words of someone that you can count on.
We all know people we can count on to be there for us, to listen to us, to come alongside. We have people listening now and we can count on them. They are faithful to listen and to let us know they are and it means a lot to us. We can count on them and their support and prayers as they come alongside this ministry.
In the Bible, we have examples of people God could count on…..
Genesis 18:17-19 – And the Lord said, shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do; seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgement; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.
God had a great deal confidence in Abraham. He knew him inside out. Abraham was sincere and desired to please God. He feared the Lord greatly and obeyed him. God could count on Abraham!!!
Job is a wealthy man living in the land called Uz with his large family and extensive flocks. He is “blameless” and “upright,” always careful to avoid doing evil. (1:1) One day, Satan appears before God in heaven. God tells Satan about Job’s goodness and Satan argues that Job is only good because God has blessed him abundantly. Satan challenges God that, if given permission to punish the man, Job will turn and curse God. God allows Satan to torment Job to test this, but He forbids Satan to take Job’s life in the process.
In the course of one day, Job receives four messages, each bearing news that his livestock, servants, and ten children have all died due to invaders and natural catastrophes. Job tears his clothes and shaves his head in mourning, but he still blesses God in his prayers.
Job 1:22 – In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.
Satan appears in heaven again and God grants him another chance to test Job. This time, Job is afflicted with horrible skin sores. His wife encourages him to curse God and to give up and die, but Job refuses.
Job 2:10 But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.
I encourage you to read the book of Job but the point I want to make here today is that – Job is an example of faithfulness as he loses everything important to him yet remains faithful to God.
God could count on Job!
Noah, Moses, Mary – God could depend on them!
Can God count on you???? Can God count on me????
- Can God count on me, to listen to his instructions and do his will?
- Can God count on me, to be light in this dark world?
- Can God count on me, to serve in my church and community with my God-given gifts and resources?
- Can God count on me, to raise our children and grandchildren to love him?
- Can God count on me, to obey him in every situation at all times no matter the circumstances?
Ask yourself that today – Can God count on me?