I read this great line from My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers a few weeks ago. The line was, “there must be unflinching faithfulness to the Word of God…”
Unflinching faithfulness. Wow. What an incredible description of a true follower of Christ. No matter what the world tries to deceive us with, or whatever truth it attempts to water down, we are to remain unflinchingly faithful. Nothing will so much as sway us, or cause us to flinch, because we are faithful to God’s Word.
Is there unflinching faithfulness to God in my life? In yours?
This sat pretty heavy with me. Then guess what happened? I woke up the next day sick. I didn’t go into work, took a nap on the couch, drank some hot tea, and felt like total crap. Guess what I didn’t do? Spend time with God, pouring over His Word.
I couldn’t concentrate: my head felt stuffy, my eyes were watering, and my throat thought it was swallowing large, pointy rocks all day. I just couldn’t bring myself to grab my Bible and journal. Does that sound like unflinching faithfulness to you?
We have high goals when it comes to our spiritual life. Those goals are actually things we really want.
We want to be closer to God.
We want to love others like He loves us.
We want to memorize Scripture.
We want to worship Him with complete abandon.
We want to have unflinching faithfulness.
But sadly, I don’t think we want it bad enough.
If that were really something we cared to see happen in our walk with God, we would do something about it. It breaks my heart that our relationship with God is filled with all of these noble desires and yet we don’t have the guts or the dedication to actually do it.
If you truly want to be an Olympic swimmer, you do whatever it takes to get there. Swim every day. Eat right. Listen to your coach. You train, you compete, you don’t stop. You can tell the difference between someone who actually desires to become an Olympic swimmer, and someone who just says so because it sounds good.
I don’t want my walk with God to be a bunch of promises to the Lord that I have no intention of carrying out.
But you want to know the cool part about our relationship with God?
It’s not about a list of accomplishments.
It’s not even about a list of spiritual disciplines.
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.” (Matthew 22:36-28)
God wants us to LOVE Him with all of our heart, soul, and mind.
When we do that, everything else will fall into place.
It will be a natural thing to memorize Scripture because we love God with our mind and His Word flows through it.
We will naturally feel “closer” to God because we have drawn our hearts to focus on Him above everything else.
We will be filled with unflinching faithfulness to God’s Word, not because we have determined to do so, but because our whole life is concentrated on our love and adoration of our Creator and our Savior.
We make it too complicated.
God simply asks you to come to Him and to love Him more than anything else.
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” –James 4:8.
He’s waiting. How will you respond?
Join me in committing to read God’s Word every day this month! Let’s take the first step in shaping our life to have “unflinching faithfulness to the Word of God”.