I KNOW WHOM I HAVE BELIEVED
The above hymn written by Daniel W Whittle is based on 2 Timothy 1:12b of which we had the privilege of having our Brother Kenneth Wong expounding the verse to us about a couple of weeks ago.
Each time this hymn is being sung I cannot help but to thank God that Jesus death and resurrection are our guarantee that God is faithful, that He hears our prayers and that all His promises are true.
The Apostle Paul knew that God was faithful to keep His promises. Though he suffered great hardship in life such as ill-health, betrayed, persecution, loneliness, beatings, destitution, all these problems didn’t crash him. Even at the end of his life, Paul could say, “That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him for that day” (2 Tim 1:12)
Joshua knew from experience that God is faithful. Commissioned by God to lead the children of Israel into the Promised Land, Joshua, trusting in His faithfulness, had overcome numerous obstacles and defeated powerful enemies. He could state with confidence, “Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to the house of Israel failed; everyone was fulfilled.”
None of God’s promises ever have failed! D L Moody confidently declared “God never made a promise that was too good to be true.” Think about that!
No wonder Jesus says not to worry about tomorrow. God did not create us to be self-sufficient. He created us to depend on Him. When the storms of life seem overwhelming, the God of faithfulness wants us to experience His perfect peace.
In my years of service as a volunteer counselor in our Singapore prisons the inmates whom I have counseled told me that they have been betrayed and were disappointed by a friend, a wife, a husband or colleague, but I have yet to meet a person who tells me that he was disappointed by Jesus. There is no disappointment in Jesus for He is a Faithful God. Have a blessed week ahead.
Deacon Richard Gan