because i was sure of this, i wanted to come to you first, so that you might have a second experience of grace.  i wanted to visit you on my way to macedonia, and to come back to you from macedonia and have you send me on my way to judea.  was i vacillating when i wanted to do this? do i make my plans according to the flesh, ready to say “yes, yes” and “no, no” at the same time?  as surely as God is faithful, our word to you has not been yes and no.  for the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we proclaimed among you, silvanus and timothy and i, was not yes and no, but in him it is always yes.  for all the promises of God find their yes in him. that is why it is through him that we utter our amen to God for his glory. [2 corinthians 1:15–20]
“as surely as God is faithful,” how often in life do we question God’s faithfulness? in the midst of a global pandemic? social unrest and injustice in our country? on a more individual level, perhaps we question his faithfulness because we feel the personal effects of these things. maybe we doubt God’s faithfulness when our bank account is running low, or a significant other breaks off the relationship, or that dream job isn’t everything it was supposed to be.
“where is God in the midst of this?”
“how could he let this happen?”
“this isn’t how this was supposed to go.”
i believe the times we question God’s faithfulness are often tied to our focus being on our circumstances. rarely do we question or doubt if God will come through on his promises when our circumstances are good and favorable to us.
however, this text says that God’s promises find their yes in Christ, not in anything else. so if our idea of God’s promises being fulfilled looks different than Christ, then we will certainly find it hard to trust him.
in what areas of your life do you doubt God’s faithfulness? press into that doubt and see how Christ fulfills that promise more than how your desired circumstances do.
if you are really wrestling with God’s faithfulness in general, i would encourage you to spend time in his presence doing this exercise…
sit down and read through romans chapter eight; pretty much any section of scripture will do, but romans chapter eight is awesome.
write down every promise that God makes and write out how it is fulfilled by Christ. After that, spend some time thanking God for providing a savior that fulfills every one of those promises!
~ keith kozlowski