Bible Studies for Life Lesson for July 6: God is Faithful
June 19 2014 by Hilary Ratchford, writer, Carmel Baptist Church, Matthews

Focal Passages: Hebrews 6:17-20;10:19-23
Each day I am reminded of my faithlessness. It is ever before me, represented in my sin against God. As the hymn goes, I am “Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it; Prone to leave the God I love.” My unfaithfulness is magnified when contrasted with the faithfulness of God. Over and over again, God’s steadfast commitment to His people is displayed. He calls them to remember His wonderful deeds because – just like me – all too often, they would fail to recall His faithfulness.
In Genesis 15, God establishes a covenant with Abraham. The covenant was one-sided. It did not depend on Abraham at all. The Lord, represented by the smoking fire pot and flaming torch, passed between the animal halves alone. Verse 18 says, “On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram.” God was the initiator. In our Hebrews 6 passage, we are reminded of God’s promise to Abraham (Hebrews 6:13). The blood of Jesus shed on the cross symbolizes the new covenant. Just like God’s covenant with Abraham, it was a covenant that He made alone. God took on flesh and became obedient to death on a cross so that through the shedding of His blood, we may find forgiveness for our sins and be reconciled to God. We have access to God whose character is unchangeable and whose faithfulness is never ending.
Thus, we may take hope in the promise and the new covenant He has given us in Christ. It is “a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul” (Hebrews 6:19). We may have an unwavering confidence because, “He who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23).
Do you find yourself doubting the faithfulness of God? First, take a moment to remember His faithfulness to His promise with Abraham. Then reflect and ponder three moments in your own life when God has proved Himself faithful. Write them down and recall them to mind when your hope begins to waver. Most importantly, know that His faithfulness does not depend on you for He alone is the Author and Perfecter of our faith.

6/19/2014 9:27:36 AM by Hilary Ratchford, writer, Carmel Baptist Church, Matthews | with 0 comments
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