Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
I was at the dollar store when I found a book series on the fruits of the Ruach (Spirit) by Robert Strand. One in particular caught my attention. There was only one book left titled Self Control. As soon as I set eyes on it I sensed I was supposed to purchase that book. It’s only a dollar anyway.
When I got home I opened it and turned to the first page. I had only glanced at the front and back covers in the store. Right there on the first page it said Faithfulness. Yep. The cover was wrong. This book was about a fruit of the Spirit. But not self control.
At first I tossed the book aside.
That’s what I get when I buy a book for a buck.
But the Holy Spirit wasn’t done with me. I needed to read on faithfulness a lot more than I realized.
Faithfulness: steady allegiance to God and trust/reliance in Him.
Faithfulness can refer to God’s character or ours. Here in Galatians it’s more so referring to human trust and reliance on God. Being loyal. Devoted.
I’m not as faithful as I think I am.
That fact completely smacked me in the face. God had been dealing with me in recent months on holiness and restraint. Self control. But I wasn’t expecting faithfulness to be highlighted here. I recognize that I need to trust God better. Truly. However, God is calling me to a greater devotion.
I’ve been speaking aloud God’s word and promises and injecting mine and other’s names. I am reminding myself that God’s word is true and the spiritual application is for me and you. Abba deserves our total trust and devotion.
Today, I want to encourage you to offer devotion and complete trust to God. Be faithful to His commandments. None of us will ever perfectly, this side of eternity, be 100% loyal to God. A bit sad but true. The flesh and spirit are at enmity with each other. However, I believe we can reach (with great maturity) 99%.
That “wrong” cover ended up being just what I needed. God is so good. He gives us what we need when we need it.
Sometimes the mistakes…aren’t. God will use it. Be faithful, for He is always faithful to us. Always.
Psalm 37:5 ESV Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.
Psalm 40:4-5 ESV Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust, who does not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after a lie! You have multiplied, O Lord my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you! I will proclaim and tell of them, yet they are more than can be told.
Hebrews 11:1 ESV Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.