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Sep 5

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for the very deep, deep sleep lately. It is amazing how long and deep I’ve slept these last couple nights. I don’t know if I am fighting off something like a cold (I AM a bit stuffy), or if pushing myself to finish the next set of Spanish Trading Cards is exhausting my brain… or what. Whatever it is, you are taking care of me faithfully as ever, and I thank you so much, my awesome Shepherd! 😀

2 Samuel 22:26-34 ERV

Lord, you are faithful to those who are faithful. You are good to those who are good.
You never do wrong to those who have done no wrong. But you outsmart the wicked, no matter how clever they are.
You help those who are humble, but as soon as you see the proud, you humiliate them.
LORD, you are my lamp. You, LORD, turn the darkness around me into light.
With your help I can defeat an army. If my God is with me, I can climb over enemy walls.
God’s way is perfect. The LORD’S promise always proves to be true. He protects those who trust in him.
There is no God except the LORD. There is no Rock except our God.
God is my strong fortress. He clears the path I need to take.
He makes my feet as steady as those of a deer. Even on steep mountains he keeps me from falling.

When I wasn’t dreaming, in the early hours of this morning, I was talking to God, which is very common. I seem to just wake up praising Him, thanking Him for all sorts of things from the simple and intimate details to profound truths about life. It is good to know that my unconscious self is so grateful, like my conscious self — thank you, Lord! And sometimes, I get new little insights while in bed praising. This morning I got an almost inexplicable glimpse into the difference between God’s faithfulness and human faithfulness. I know, big difference, right?! But I don’t mean in reach but in source. It seems to me now that humans are faithful TO someone or something, while God just IS faithful. We are dependent upon something ELSE to be faithful — something to be faithful TO. But if God was the only thing in existence, He would still be Faithful. Therefore, I must disagree with some of David’s assessments, especially in the verses that precede the ones above, where David says because he obeyed, because he did right, because he did nothing wrong, because he pleased God… therefore God rewarded him. But yet Job did all these things and his “reward” looked quite a bit different. I think, God is God and is not limited to reacting uniformly to our behavior. There were many times I deserved to be struck down, and He just showed me mercy — again. And there have been times when I had been faithful and merciful and humble and completely yielding beyond my own strength and ability — and the only “reward” I received was the ability to do what I was doing. But I can see throughout all of it how God is Faithful, no matter what. And that is the ONLY thing I can be sure of. If you’ve spent any time with me in the last 2 years you would definitely know that phrase is my personal philosophy, and I think my family may just be sick of hearing, “I don’t know. The only thing I know for SURE is, God is Faithful“. Sometimes, it has been harder to say this than most others. But it is ALWAYS true. Because He is ALWAYS faithful. Even when we are not. Thank you, Faithful Lord!


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