Faithful to the End

His demise wasn't pretty, but it was quick and relatively painless. And she was faithful.

I was fortunate to grow up in a two-parent home with both parents being my biological progenitors. Mom had aspirations of being a concert pianist and probably would have made it had Dad not ambled along. He was head over heels in love with her, and obviously she with him. So she gave up her dream and became first an Army wife and shortly thereafter a preacher's wife. Mom stuck by his side for more than 50 years of marriage and held his hand as he lay dying in an Atlanta, Georgia hospital.

"God will do this, for he is faithful to do what he says, and he has invited you into partnership with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord" (I Corinthians 1:9 NLT).

God often used the picture of marriage in the Old Testament to represent his relationship with his people. He also used the word adultery when referring to their unfaithfulness to him. When I entered a relationship with him through Christ, God made a lifelong marriage commitment that he'd be faithful to me. But he also expects me to be faithful to him just as I am to my wife. I don't have to worry about God committing spiritual adultery, but I do have to keep me on my p's and q's.

God's faithfulness is also unconditional. Even if I cheat on him, he won't on me. And admittedly, I sometimes do. My sins are forgiven, but I have a fleshly nature which if not kept in check will lead me to other loves. Thankfully, God's unconditional love always prompts him to forgive and grant me another chance.

Let God's example of undying faithfulness to you inspire you to be loyal to him.

Prayer: Thank You merciful Lord for Your unconditional faithfulness to us. Grow our faith so that we might consistently return Your love.

Martin Wiles
Hodges, South Carolina, USA

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