What do Geysers, Dogs, and the band Journey all have in common?
Dogs are the most faithful animals in the world, Old Faithful blows about every 90 minutes and Journey is still smashing the retro rock-&-roll super hit “Faithfully”. I can hear the guitar riff now. The one thing they all have in common is the word Faithful. God likes that word too.
I was laboriously plowing through 1 Chronicles the other day and right smack dab in the middle of all of the begets, bequeaths, and descendants in the miles of genealogical records of those books I found this little gem.
1 Chronicles 5:24-26
24 These were the leaders of their clans: Epher, Ishi, Eliel, Azriel, Jeremiah, Hodaviah, and Jahdiel. These men had a great reputation as mighty warriors and leaders of their clans.
25 But these tribes were unfaithful to the God of their ancestors. They worshiped the gods of the nations that God had destroyed. 26 So the God of Israel caused King Pul of Assyria to invade the land and take away the people of Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh as captives. The Assyrians exiled them to Halah, Habor, Hara, and the Gozan River, where they remain to this day.
It’s not cool when God jumps on the side of your enemy and wars against you. I thought it was pretty interesting that these guys had great reputations, they were mighty warriors, and great leaders but none of that mattered. God counts faithfulness pretty high on His list.
For some reason they just couldn’t get over the desire to have things that God had already given them victory over.
I wonder what is in my life that I have placed in front of him? What do I keep running back to?
Talent, ability, reputation, strength, skill and leadership are all great qualities but it’s faithfulness that brings favor.
God help me today to be a faithful man.