Take 5 (December 26-30, 2016)

Caleb Korth • Pastor of Worship Arts

MONDAY: Everlasting to Everlasting

Lamentations 3:22-23

‘Twas the day after Christmas… The food has been eaten.  The traveling is winding down.  Wrapping paper now looks like it has been run through the shredder. The anticipation of presents is over and the sensation of having something new has quite possibly started to dwindle.

One thing that never wears out and never gets old is God’s faithfulness. Think about it:  God does not get tired of showing His faithfulness to us. God is always faithful.  He always delivers. And to beat it all, His love for us does not cease.  This week, we will be diving into God’s faithfulness and how that involves us as we look forward to 2017.  There is no better way to anticipate the New Year than to be reminded that the God who created the universe is right there, faithfully providing for His children.

Ask God to give you a clearer understanding about His faithfulness.

TUESDAY: Who Are You Wearing?

Proverbs 3:3

Jewelry is a big deal in our culture.  In our own mall, there are a number of jewelers with all sorts of valuable metals and precious stones.  People will spend amazing amounts of money to purchase the valuable items found in those stores.

In today’s reading, we learn of a different kind of “jewelry.”  We are challenged to bind love and faithfulness around our necks and write them on our hearts.  These two items are important because they are foundational to living godly lives.  To live without love or faithfulness is to go against God’s character.  The writer of this proverb makes it a point to communicate the importance and value of these two characteristics.  Having love and faithfulness rightly placed in our lives makes a world of difference!

How are you displaying love and faithfulness to God?

WEDNESDAY: Great is His Faithfulness

Psalm 86:15

God does not run out of faithfulness.  As we read today, He is abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. From the huge things that come our way to the small details of life, God remains unchanged in showing us faithfulness and love.  Even in the most stressful and painful times we can be confident that God is there.  Verses like this are very important to know in those times of struggle and hardship.  Remember, His faithfulness to us will not run out.

Commit Psalm 86:15 to memory.

THURSDAY: Depend on Him!

Psalm 100

Have you ever trusted your transportation needs to someone else?  It can be scary on a number of different levels.  What if that person frequently forgets to pick you up?  That would be very frustrating.  You would begin to doubt that person’s faithfulness.

The great news about God is that He is faithful.  He doesn’t forget about us.  He has been doing this a long time and has yet to miss a beat!  Fully place your confidence in His neverending faithfulness and love.

Celebrate God’s faithfulness by singing “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.”

FRIDAY: The Fruitful Life

Galatians 5:22-23

The new year is almost here.  People are getting ready to celebrate with friends and family all over the world.  There is a feeling of excitement and freshness as this day approaches.  It’s a clean slate.  A new beginning.  Many people are thinking about setting their New Year’s resolutions and goals.

As we think about how we should respond to this, let’s look at the Fruit of the Spirit.  Today we read Galatians 5:22-23 and the attributes that the Holy Spirit produces in the lives believers.  Faithfulness is listed along with eight other “fruits.”

How has our faithfulness to God been this year?  Have we been faithful in fellowship with our church family?  Have we been consistent in spending time in God’s Word and in prayer?  As we look at our response to 2017, we should consider the importance of being faithful to God.

Take time to evaluate your faithfulness to God and challenge yourself to deepen your relationship with Him this New Year.