The Steadfast Goodness of God – A word by Dr. Pam Morrison
Dr. Pam Morrison
Driving the other day, I pulled up behind a car with a license plate that read, “Feith.” And next to it the words, “In God We Trust.” I felt the Holy Spirit cause me to rest my attention on this.
“Feith” is an old English spelling of the word “faith.” I looked up its meaning. The definition of “feith,” in a Scottish-Gaelic dictionary, was “await, expect, stay, remain.”
When I saw this, I thought again of “feith” being right next to the words, “In God We Trust.” I felt God lovingly remind me that our faith needs to be solely in Him and not in our own capacity to believe. Sometimes, we can mistakenly feel that faith is something we must work up, that it’s all on us. I felt God saying, “Instead, hold onto my record of faithfulness. Remember who I am. Remember what I have done. Watch what I am about to do.”
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23 NIV
“He who promised is faithful.” God is underlining such a precious truth. In this season when we are becoming so ripe for new forms of revival, we must receive again the idea that faith is staying in confidence in Him. Faith is not a character trait of ours because we can “wobble” in it. Instead, faith is remaining relentlessly sure that the One we trust in is good.
Close the door on any whisper that says, “What you’re hoping for is not coming…it’s been too long…it’s too impossible…He’s forgotten you.”
The Lord wants us to know that if ever there was a time to stay in watchful expectation, with our eyes fixed on Him, it is now. He is working and His breaking through is so near.
I believe He is reminding us that the way His words come to pass in our lives is by our remaining confident in His heart. We “await” Him to act. We “expect” only goodness from Him. We “stay” positioned in this trust in Him alone. We “remain” confident that we will see His promises and that what we have heard from Him will come to pass.
Hebrews 11:1 in the ISV Bible says it this way:
“Now faith is the assurance that what we hope for will come about and the certainty that what we cannot see exists.”
I believe He is saying we will “see His goodness in the land of the living.” (Psalm 27:13 NIV) And, “Take heart!” But the way to do it is to keep our eyes fixed on His character, not emotions, circumstances, or our own ability to stay steady. “His steadfast love endures forever.” (Psalm136) He is saying, “Trust Me!