Hobert’s Homily: “Faithful and True”
“He Who calls you is faithful, Who also will do it," 1 Thessalonians 5:22.
Many modern consumers have developed a cynical streak when it comes to shopping. On the one hand, they are concerned that the manufacturer will cause their product to have a short life. On the other hand, they're concerned that if they buy the "extended warranty," there will be a loophole that keeps the warranty from applying in their particular situation.
The “yeah, right" attitude is prevalent in our culture. We have been disappointed so often that we wonder who we can trust with confidence. Since this attitude is in our world, we may tend to assimilate that attitude into our spiritual lives which can impact our willingness to trust God. Can He be fully trusted in everything that He says? An Old Testament example of a promise from God with an extended warranty is Jeremiah 31:35 – 37 where God promises that the sun, moon and stars will remain stable as a sign of His faithfulness to His promises to the children of Israel. In the New Testament we read that God's promises are "exceedingly great and precious" (2 Peter 1:4). As we properly understand God's Word and His promises, we can be sure that God means what he says. God is faithful and will fulfill His Word. Charles Spurgeon said, "God promises to keep His people, and He will keep his promises."
God also calls His people to be faithful to the end. Paul wrote, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith," 2 Timothy 4:7.
In the 1992 Olympics, British runner Dirk Redmond posted the fastest time of the first round of the 400 meter race and won the quarter-final. He started out well in the semi-final race but about 250 meter from the finish line, his hamstring tore and he fell to the ground in pain. They came with a stretcher but he was determined to hobble to the finish line. His father pushed past security, joined him on the track and helped him finish the race. In spite of a crushing disappointment and dismal loss, Dirk Redmond, with the help of his father finished. And that is what mattered.
Sometimes we get crippled and distracted. Through trials and tribulations we need to know that our heavenly Father is beside us helping us run the race. We are called to be faithful until the finish line comes into view.