Your Dependable Father
Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands. Deuteronomy 7:9
How do you know if you can really depend on God?
Scripture refers to God as our heavenly Father. It’s true, this is a hard concept for many whose earthly fathers were not to be trusted. Some 3,000 years ago Moses wrote, “God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” (Numbers 23:19).
To understand the importance of this in relationship to your own life, you need to know something of the power of a covenant—different from a contract which has limited liability. Going back in history, you find covenants between people—somewhat like the legal contracts we use today but with one very important difference. There were two kinds of covenants—one made between equals and the other made by two individuals whose resources and authority were vastly different—say between a king or a powerful landowner with lots of money and one of his poor subjects. The covenant between unequal powers was for the benefit of the lesser.
That’s the kind of covenant God makes with us—one that cannot be broken. Moses calls Him “the faithful God” and describes what He promises as a “covenant of love.” His point is that you can count on God to honor the promises of the Bible, which is called God’s Word. You can count on Him to be there for you.
“Taste and see that the Lord is good,” is His invitation to you. “Blessed are they that trust in Him” (Psalm 34:8). Find out for yourself. He is a dependable Father.