As a new convert to Acts 2:38 salvation at the age of 16, I remember hearing various saints in the church testify about how they had been living for God for 20, 30 or even 40 years. This was amazing to me, because I really felt so weak and pitiful in my fledgling walk with God. “What a pillar of strength they are!” I thought to myself. In my heart, I hoped that one day I would be able to have a testimony like theirs.
On June 16, 2019, I was blessed to be able to celebrate my 40 year anniversary of being baptized in Jesus’ name and filled with the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in other tongues. My perspective has certainly changed from the one I had as a teenager. I realize now that none of the people I heard testify about living for God many years were pillars of strength. God is the pillar of strength, and without His faithfulness and steadfastness, we would not be able to live for Him.
As I reflected on my relationship with God, I could see that there were many times when
my attitude was wrong
my thinking was messed up
I wasn’t focusing on the right things
I was half-hearted in serving God.
But God was faithful to
put preachers in my life to tell me what I needed to hear
let me hear preaching or teaching from the Word of God, so I could see myself
convict me when I was wrong
forgive me when I came to Him in true repentance.
As I thought about my 40 year journey with the Lord, the words of a chorus came to my mind.
He’s been faithful, faithful to me.
Looking back, His love and mercy I see.
Though at times I have questioned,
even failed to believe,
yet He’s been faithful, faithful to me!
I am so thankful today for God’s great faithfulness, and I’m trusting that His faithfulness coupled with my obedience to His Word will carry me to the day when I shall behold Him face to face.
Lamentations 3:22,23 “It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”
Psalm 17:15 “As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness”.