Thursday, July 17, 2008 - God’s Continuing Faithfulness - 1 Corinthians 1:4-9
God doesn’t lie. What the Father says He will do, He always accomplishes. His many promises are recorded in the Bible. He keeps every one.
Yesterday, Dr. Stanley wrote about God’s faithfulness in directing him to become a preacher and providing a college scholarship. After Dr. Stanley was enrolled in the university, God continued to provide, perhaps not as much as Dr. Stanley wanted at times, but always enough. Dr. Stanley remembers kneeling by his bed in the dorm room. He told the Lord how little money he had, and asked for His help. In the mail came a letter from a neighbor back home with a check that would cover Dr. Stanley’s expenses! God supplied what Dr. Stanley needed, just as He promised.
Later, when Dr. Stanley was a seminary student, he was invited to preach at a local church. That Sunday, when church was over, the leaders of the fellowship asked Dr. Stanley to become their pastor. The church indicated a willingness to wait a year until I graduated.
What a surprising turn of events. Dr. Stanley started to pray about it, confident the Lord would answer because He had promised. Under the Spirit’s guidance, Dr. Stanley said yes to their offer.
God’s faithfulness has continued throughout Dr. Stanley’s life. He could not have imagined at the beginning that he’d preach for more than 50 years. But the Holy Spirit has always been with Dr. Stanley, teaching him what to say each time he prepared and delivered a sermon.
The God who leads us is ever faithful. That’s why you and I can confidently carry out His plan, even when it surprises us.
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