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Not Faithful

Psalm 78:37 (ESV) – Their heart was not steadfast toward him; they were not faithful to his covenant.

The goodness of God is displayed to every creature. If they are alive, they are recipients of grace and mercy. Jesus reminds us, too, that God gives rain to the just and unjust. The meaning of that is God provides for the fields and crops of His covenant people and those who are outside the covenant. 

Why do I bring this up? Because the goodness of God is such that even the unbeliever should be thankful for Him. But what of the believer? How crazy is it for the people of the covenant to not be faithful to God when He has done so much for us? We see this in our text today from Psalm 78:37. The psalmist writes, “Their heart was not steadfast toward him; they were not faithful to his covenant.”

The context of this passage is the children of Israel. They have been rescued from Egypt and slavery. In the wilderness, they cry out for meat. God gives it to them. But they are not thankful for His provisions. His kindness to them should have led to obedience and faithfulness to His statutes. But it didn’t. 

The world we live in now is marked by rebellion against God. The Lord has provided for every living being infinite blessing, yet so few actually follow His commands. Their hearts are not steadfast toward Him. Obedience and faithfulness to Him is not considered necessary. Even worse, many scorn His ways, despite their very dependence for their next breathe from Him.

Is your heart steadfast toward God? Are you faithful to His covenant? These are important questions to reflect on.

God has done so much for us, but we are often slow to obey. His kindness is not to be confused with indifference to our disobedience. Each day should be lived to follow His Word and honor His glory.

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The covenant God has made with us in Christ should lead us to keep it with all diligence. 

Reflection & Journal:
- What does it mean to be steadfast toward God?
- Why is faithfulness to God expected with God’s covenant promises to us?
- How does this passage challenge you or encourage you?

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