Day One

Are you a person of your word? Do you consider yourself to be dependable? If I am honest with myself, there has been several times where I've fallen short in this area with family, friends, and especially God. As much as I like to think I have strived to be consistent in not letting others down, I cannot say I have been perfect.
The other day while I was driving, I was reflecting on how I had not been 100% consistent throughout my whole life. There had been some ups and downs along the journey. As I went to the Lord in prayer, an overwhelming sense of gratitude came when He reminded me that although I may haven fallen short in this area, He has always remained constant and has never left me through it all.
The scripture in Hebrews reminded me that He is "the same yesterday, today and forever more (13:8)." Although I may have let others down or vice-versa, He has remained the same. God is not shady, He keeps His word- and no matter how people act, He does not change it. How often do we let someone else's actions control our response? With God, there is nothing you could do to make Him love you more or less, His grace was extended amidst our failures (Romans 3:23, 5:8).
This great God demanded perfection and knew that the only way that we could obtain it was if He walked it out in our place. Jesus lived that perfect life and died the death we deserved. When we look at how we fall short, we can not look to the finished work of Christ and be encouraged that it is His grace that saved us and now defines us.
How beautiful it is that our hope does not depend upon me, or you, or that person who's failed you time and time again. It is a joy to be able to turn to a God who extends new mercies every day and will never leave us nor forsake us. With this gift-knowing that His grace and consistency is freely given- we should long to look to live out a life reflecting the goodness and faithfulness of the Lord in worship, not in strain.
Kellie Martin