Book of Devotions

Staying Faithful

Michael Beck

“Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” (James 4:4)

God expects that He will be enough for His people. He expects us to look to Him and nowhere else for our needs and desires to be fulfilled. Whether our prayers are answered sooner or later, the way we thought or otherwise, doesn’t matter – we are to trust in Him with all our heart and not turn away from Him at any time.

When bitterness and discontent enters the picture we are being set up for betrayal of our covenant partner. There is something about adultery that deeply grieves the heart of a covenant keeping God. His Name is Faithful. He promises not to leave, fail, or forsake us. If there is to be any leaving, it will be on our part, not His. And even if we deny Him, as Peter did, He will remain faithful to us because He cannot deny Himself. He will call His adulterous partner back into His embrace, even after He has been despised and rejected for another. But if, even in the face of such goodness, love, and mercy, one is determined to go after other lovers, a broken-hearted God will let His beloved go.

Why make an enemy of such a wonderful Friend? Why not continue faithful to your God? People will fail us, but He will not. And if we continue to love Him, He will make us every bit as faithful as He is. He will enable us to bear all the pain and hurt men inflict upon us. We will be to others what He has been towards us.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.