- Posted by Edith Ohaja
- On November 28, 2016
- 74 Comments
A young man got admission into the university and told his beloved uncle about it. The uncle asked him to calculate how much he would need to resume school. The lad did but when it was time to go, the uncle failed to provide the money. He did not even explain why or apologize later. But thankfully, the boy had learnt early in life not to rest his hopes on anyone but God. In the course of time, God sent help through various quarters and continued to do so subsequently. Today, that young man is a graduate.
Our God is dependable. He is trustworthy. He has always been and will always be. In the gospels, Jesus, representing God the Father, avows as follows:
“Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away” (Mark 13:31 – KJV).
I can surmise why the uncle in our story didn’t come through for his nephew. He may have lacked the means to do so. In spite of their good intentions, people often let us down because their resources and abilities are limited. But God created and owns everything and everyone. He is never out of means. He is also all-powerful and all-knowing. Nothing is too difficult for Him to do. Nothing is beyond His understanding.
“The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him” (Psalm 24:1 – NLT).
“The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies” (Haggai 2:8 – NLT).
“’Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you'” (Jeremiah 32:17 – NIV).
“Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit” (Psalm 147:5 – NIV).
Another possible reason the uncle failed is that he forgot. It’s amazing the kind of things people forget. You would expect that a person who is forgetful would set reminders for important things but perhaps, they forget that as well. Haha! But it isn’t funny at all to the person that’s hung out to dry.
On the other hand, our God never forgets. After He promised Abraham He would give him an heir through Sarah and the years were passing, He came round from time to time to reaffirm His promise (Genesis 15:1-6, 18:9-15). It doesn’t matter how long ago He said it, you can rest assured that God is keeping His word in mind and would fulfil it at the appropriate time.
There is a passage of Scripture on this that often brings tears to my eyes. It is Isaiah 49:14-16.
“‘But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me.” ‘Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me'” (NIV).
Oh yes! God will never abandon His children. He does not forget our plight or the pledges He has made to us concerning them.
The last possible reason I’ve come up with for the uncle’s disappointment is that he never intended to do anything for his nephew in the first place. People often say what they think is expected of them and then dodge matching their actions with their words. Of course, talk is cheap but it is a serious character flaw to make bogus promises. Yet, how many glibly say things they do not mean and let others down constantly?
Praise God, He is not like that! Men can be uncaring, they can smile at you and seem to lend a hand while they are with you but they can snatch it away as soon as you turn and watch you fall flat on your face. However, God can never lie. His yeah is yeah and his nay, nay. There is a famous Bible verse on this (Numbers 23:19) and it is presented here in two translations.
“God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” (KJV)
“God is not man, one given to lies, and not a son of man changing his mind. Does he speak and not do what he says? Does he promise and not come through?” (MSG)
Of course, the answer is “NO!” So has God made a promise to you? You can take it to the bank and it will be good for when you need it. No matter how time flies, He will not forget and in due season, that word will come to pass. Hold on to your faith, my brother, my sister, ’cause GOD’S WORD NEVER FAILS!
Food for thought: How good is your word?
Lord, help us to hold fast to Your promises because they will surely be fulfilled in our lives. Also, help us, Your children, to reflect Your faithful nature in our lives and not to bring a reproach to Your name by being liars and unreliable in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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