El Hane’eman – The God Who is Faithful
I like to play a one-card-draw Solitaire game by Solebon on my phone. I’ve figured out that it is a game you cannot lose. My current winning streak is 4,980.
Some might wonder where is the fun in a game like that? Seems like a no-brain, boring activity with no risk involved. If you cannot lose, where is the accomplishment in winning?
It took quite a few games to realize there was always a winning sequence. I would bump into a dead-end, make a few attempts to figure it out and then secede. I’d only win a few games at time before giving up in defeat, so there was no exciting streak to defend. When I figured out that I could win 100% of the time, I became relentless. My game allows do-overs and I have “done-over” many, many times in a single hand. While I know there’s a way to win, I can’t always find it easily—sometimes I keep going on faith alone. There has to be a way! Eventually it appears, I through can’t always tell how.
When I finally put all the cards into tidy electronic piles, I get a scoreboard of my moves and a comparison to the best player of each hand. It usually turns out that the scheme that nearly did me in was easy-peasy for another guy. But I am happy. I did not give up and the game counter racks up another one.
How does this fascinating story help us to make God bigger?
Because God is faithful (Deuteronomy 7:9), I cannot lose this game of life. Just like Solitaire, I’ve found that if I keep going, keep trusting the win, no matter how bleak the circumstances, there is a victory.
Romans 8:28 assures us that all things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose. I’ve seen this happen time and again. With Father Abraham, I am sure that God can do what He has promised (Romans 4:21 GNT).
As I walk with God and know Him more, I grow bolder, realizing He forgives my mistakes, allows do-overs, and has rigged the game in my favor. I may not be the fastest or best at any part of the course He has laid out for my life, but if I keep going, I will still get the gold star (James 1:12)!
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever (Revelation 21:4 NLT).” Quite a prize!
What do these verses show you about the nature of God?