Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread. Psalm 37:25 NLT
I get kidded a lot these days about being old but no, I didn’t write this. David is the author. We first meet David in the scriptures as a young shepherd boy who likely learned to play the harp while sitting on the hillside watching his father’s sheep. This is the same David who had the courage to take on Goliath and defeat him while defending the honor of God’s name. Yes, this is the same David that became the king that Israel sang about…David has slain his 10,000s. Unfortunately David didn’t win every battle. He murdered Uriah the Hittite (actually, he had him murdered) and committed adultery with Uriah’s wife, Bathsheba. David later repented and humbled himself before God. We can see his sincerity in Psalm 51. David survived an attempted coup from his own son, Absalom. And in the end lived a long and fruitful life. Isn’t it interesting that the Scriptures record God saying that David was a man after God’s own heart.(Acts 13:22).
I shared that to give context to the scripture I used at the beginning. When David wrote that he was speaking from first-hand experience. God is that He is faithful. You can count on it. God doesn’t quit on you, doesn’t sleep, doesn’t forget, doesn’t lose interest, and doesn’t change His mind. He is committed to you with a love that is unconditional!
In the same manner, God is looking for people who will be faithful to Him. He doesn’t require perfection, which is a very good thing, but He does ask us to be faithful to Him like He is faithful to us. He wants us to partner with Him in the call to love for life. That means when you fall down, you get back up and try again. When you fail, you learn from it and keep risking. When you have doubts, you ask for help. When you blow it, you ask forgiveness and make appropriate restitution if necessary. You may take a step back when you take two steps forward, but determine to be faithful at all costs.
If you read the stories of the Bible you will see that many times the best work a person does for God is after a time of failure. Humility, perspective, grace, and love are things we often learn in the crucible of life. The person who learns from his or her mistakes is one of the most motivated servants of all. And at the end of the day, it is not just about doing it is about being. God calls you today to join Him in relationship and in mission. He prepares and equips those He calls. What He needs from you is the willingness to come.