GOD IS ALWAYS FAITHFUL TO HIS PROMISES [ACTS 13:13-25]
WHAT would you do if you were called to go to a foreign country to preach the Gospel to a people you had never met before? What is the most important thing you would want to tell them? The message of the Gospel is clear. God loves us intimately and wants us to be with Him. He is always faithful to His promises. This is the message that Paul preached to the Jews in Pisidian Antioch, and it is the same message we must preach today.
When Paul and Barnabas were sent out on their first missionary journey, they preached in the synagogue. Paul used this opportunity to speak to the people about the faithfulness of God in fulfilling all the promises He made through the prophets. He traced their history and reviewed for them how their loving Father had remained faithful to them through the centuries – even when they had turned away from Him. Ultimately, God gave them Jesus as the one through whom they would receive the salvation He intended.
If God remained committed to His people through the ages, we can trust Him to be faithful to us, too. Even more than knowing that we are sinners in need of redemption, God wants us to know that He is a merciful and loving Father eternally committed to His children. Jesus offered up His life so that we might have new life. We just need to receive it. What a treasure we have in Jesus! What blessed assurance and hope!
Have you experienced this wonderful truth? Take some time to look back over your life and ask the Holy Spirit to show you the ways that you have been guided, provided for, and protected. Ask Him to show you the times when God’s hand has been upon your life, even when you were far from Him. Recall the times when He answered your prayers and was faithful to His promises.
Dear Sisters and Brothers, let us thank Him for these times and let His truths melt our hearts. Let Him gather us in His arms and hold us close.
Jakarta, 15 May 2014
A Christian Pilgrim