On Being Faithful
Proverbs 28:20 says, “A faithful man will abound with blessings, but he who hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.” In Hebrew, the word faithful is ‘emunah. It means firmness, stability, faithfulness, fidelity, conscientiousness, steadiness, certainty; that which is permanent, enduring and steadfast. “Emunah comes from the root ‘aman, to be firm, sure, established, and steady. Amen, derived from this same root, means, “It is firmly, truly so!” It is often translated “faithfulness” or “truth,” as truth is considered something ultimately certain, stable, and unchangingly fixed. In Habakkuk 2:4 this word is used. “The just shall live by his “emunah,” that is, his stability, firmness, and rock solid belief in God and His ability to do anything and everything that He has promised.
How many truly faithful people do you know? Many people can become emotionally moved when a plea or cause is presented and may promise great help and support. But when there is no one else around and the music has faded and the lights are turned down, look and see how many are standing with you. Those are the faithful.
I can remember times in our ministry when we have scraped together our change to try and meet a bill. I have even dug down into couch and car seats to find coins. I’ve always taken notice of those who were digging with me. There were a few. These are the faithful ones.
Now things have changed and our ministry’s days of lack and having to do without are over. That season of walking on the edge is done. Now there are many chomping at the bit to be a part of this ministry. All kinds of gifts and talents are pranced before us weekly. Calls from out of state and other lands contact us on a regular basis, yet where were all of these ones, some who knew our trials and testings, while we were in them?!
Be found faithful wherever God has planted you. Do all that you can to stand by those God has called you to stand by. Lift up their arms as in turn they lift up yours. Be firm in your conviction to follow the Lord all the way through on a task He has given you. Don’t cop out and make excuses for yourself. In everything you do, do it all for the glory of God.
Be found faithful. Watch to see the blessings God will bring to you. Our verse says you will abound with blessings, plural, not singular. Stop today and count them. Speak them right out loud for those around to hear. As the old song says, “Count your many blessings, name them one by one. Count your many blessings, see what God has done.” And most importantly for today, be found faithful in all that you do!
Taken from the book Time Alone with God” by Meredith Giles.
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