God Is Reliable
1 Kings 5:56 – “Blessed be the LORD who has given rest to his people Israel, according to all that he promised. Not one word has failed of all his good promise, which he spoke by Moses his servant.”
Exodus 34:6 – The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
2 Samuel 7:13-14 – He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. When he commits iniquity, I will discipline him with the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of men.
Psalms 33:4 – For the word of the LORD is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness.
Hebrews 13:5 – Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Happiness Habit: Be Trustworthy
By: Rick Warren, crosswalk.com
“Reliable friends who do what they say are like cool drinks in sweltering heat — refreshing!” (Proverbs 25:13 MSG)
The more people trust you, the happier you’re going to be. If people don’t trust you, you’re going to live a pretty miserable life.
If you want to be happy, you’ve got to become somebody that people trust.
Paul uses Timothy as an example of this: “You know the kind of person Timothy is. You know he has served with me in telling the Good News, as a son serves his father” (Philippians 2:22 NCV).
Paul had seen Timothy in action, in all kinds of circumstances, and he considered him genuine, trustworthy, and reliable. God’s Word translation says, “You know what kind of person Timothy proved to be.” Do people know what kind of person you really are? Have you been proven trustworthy like Timothy?
Any time you go to a bank for a loan, they’re going to do a credit check. They want to know if you’re worthy of being trusted with credit. Do you pay your bills on time? Do you have a track record of keeping your word? Can you be depended on to pay this money back? Are you creditable?
The thing is, everybody around you is doing a credit check on your life every moment of your life. They want to know if you are what you say you are. Are you the real deal? Are you showing your true colors? Can you be trusted?
If you’re going to be happy in your relationships and in life, you have to learn to be a trustworthy and reliable person.
How do you develop a reputation of reliability?
First, you live with integrity. Integrity doesn’t mean you’re perfect. It means what you see is what you get. You are the real deal, because your actions match your words.
Proverbs 25:13 says, “Reliable friends who do what they say are like cool drinks in sweltering heat — refreshing!” (MSG) Can your friends rely on you to be the person you claim to be?
Second, you keep your promises.
Psalm 15:4 says, “They always do what they promise, no matter how much it may cost” (TEV).
This means you keep a promise, even when you find out it’s going to cost you more than you thought.
Learning to live with integrity and keep your promises will show others that you can be trusted and will in turn make you a much happier person.
No Expiration Date
By; Janet Perez Eckles, 1.cbn.com
“But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.” (Psalm 59:16 NIV).
“Sure, Mom, but I’m a little low on gas,” Jeff, my college-aged son said when I asked for a ride.
Since the time each of my three sons received their driver’s license, driving their blind Mom is part of the process. And to their joy, I never comment about their driving skills. I don’t correct them, nor make any criticism. And perhaps for that reason, they’re always willing to provide transportation.
I held Jeff’s arm as we made our way to the driveway. He opened the car door. “Let me help you, Mom.”
As he slammed the squeaky door, he warned, “Keep your feet back, Mom. There are wires hanging from the dashboard.”
I settled in my seat and with one hand, I lifted the roof lining that rested on the top of my head.
“Sorry Mom, I need to glue that back up.”
A loud pop startled me. “What was that?”
“Just a loose wire in the radio — got to slam it to make it work.”
Jeff’s car, with each turn of its bald tires, begs to be laid to rest at the nearest salvage yard. But Jeff’s appearance? Gracious, what a contrast! Neatly shaven, clean haircut, and dressed in stylish designer clothes.
The condition of Jeff’s car and his personal grooming mirrors my life. I encountered devastating malfunctions while moving down the road of life. Adversity had rusted my soul, dented my confidence, and scratched at my sense of purpose. Worn out, I was a candidate for the emotional junkyard.
But when it all threatened to crumble, like Jeff’s appearance, I kept one area of my life well-guarded and cared for — my faith in Christ. And with each trial I encountered, my well-polished trust in Him saved me from despair and defeat.
When I lost my sight, fear of living in darkness nearly devastated me, but God promised to be:
“a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” (Psalm 119:105 KJV)
My husband’s sudden unemployment threatened to drown us in financial ruin. But God’s reminder lifted me to safety:
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you … ” (Isaiah 43:2 NIV)
And when the flames of sorrow scorched my heart after losing Jeff’s 19-year-old brother to a senseless murder, God refreshed my soul:
“When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” (Isaiah 43:2)
Whenever painful circumstances threaten to drive me toward the emotional salvage yard, my faith and trust in God’s Word craft an overhaul of my soul. It includes a warranty offered by God, the master mechanic — coverage for any future malfunctions in life. In large print, the guarantee reads: NO EXPIRATION – PAID IN FULL BY MY SON, JESUS.
Father, thank You for renewing my soul with the clarity of your promises and the comfort of Your Word. May I be a vehicle to carry an example of your restoring power that turns the darkness of sorrow to the glow of your grace.
There is nothing more reliable than the sunrise in the morning. It has never failed coming up. Sure, there are mornings where you can’t see it because of the clouds, but it is still there. God tells us, through the prophet Hosea, that He is more reliable than the sun. That means we can go to him with the knowledge that he will be there. We don’t have to doubt, it is guaranteed.
“Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.”
Half of the battle is acknowledging the Lord. By that Hosea means recognizing God when we need Him. We are quick to think of ourselves, then we think of others, but Jesus is often the last resort. After we have tried everything and find ourselves in a hole, we can’t get out of we come to Him. Then we get a little relief, and off we go again on our own.
If we do acknowledge Him, He will appear like the sunrise and refresh us like the spring rain. Think about that for just a second. He is more reliable than the sun coming up in the morning. We can have total confidence in his presence. He also renews us like the rain. You never know how much you need that until you have entirely run out of options. God doesn’t want us to wait to get to that point. He wants us to acknowledge Him every morning and get our sustenance from His unending source of life. Start today by calling out to Jesus and watch as He renews your soul. As Hosea says: “Press on to acknowledge Him.”