“Your faithfulness continues through all generations; you established the earth, and it endures” Psalm 119:90 (NIV).
The book of Hosea depicts Hosea, a loving husband, in pursuit of his unfaithful bride. God chose this poor prophet to literally play out His passion for Israel by telling Hosea to marry Gomer, a prostitute—that had to be a tough assignment.
Imagine the heartbreak of having to buy back your own wife, the one to whom you pledged your undying love, from the hands of someone who was using her for his own pleasure. Anguish is the only word that can capture the depth of that feeling, and it is out of this agony that, verse-by-verse, this stage is used to display the burning passion of God’s love for His people.
The Israelites were rebellious. Their ways were fickle as they chased after fleeting pleasure. When God satisfied them with blessings, they became proud and forgot Him. God poured out His anger and wrath against them, not because it was a lover’s petty tantrum but because it was The Lover’s way to bring them to repentance. He knew what was best for them, and even in His wrath, He stayed faithful in His covenantal love.
That same passionate and burning love continues for us. That’s why He grafted us into His covenantal love and strips away everything that distracts us as He continues to pursue us. In His love, He will be faithful. His ultimate desire is to grow in us a heart of obedience and devotion, because when we are obedient to God’s commands, it is a picture of our own love for God (John 14:15).
Here is when we often fail to understand God’s faithfulness. We have to realize that God’s faithfulness doesn’t hinge on our earthly assumptions of Him or our circumstances. The way God proves Himself faithful is through the fulfillment of His covenants, His promises. Therefore, while fundraising we need to learn to separate our hope of receiving our wants from the actual promised covenants of God. There is a vast gulf of difference between the two. If we put our understanding of God’s faithfulness in our assumptions, then we will always be frustrated and disappointed.
Understand that every path God leads us down, including raising support, is designed for us to witness and be shaped by His passionate love—thank goodness God didn’t put us into Hosea’s shoes! Therefore, God remains faithful even when support runs low. He remains faithful even when deadlines pass. He remains faithful when the money comes quickly and we leave sooner than expected. If we understand this, then our world will not be rocked and God’s faithfulness questioned when our expectations of what we think He should be doing aren’t met. Use the support-raising journey to grow in this truth and allow God to break you in order for God to fully use you. Because if you continue to be obedient, God will certainly use you.
- Notice how God is faithfully guiding your support-raising journey no matter the path and receive His love.
- Praise God that He is faithful to keep His promises.
*First posted on Godandelephants.com on August 31, 2016