Late one night this week, I found myself out on the living room couch with my Bible in hand.  Another interrupted sleep cycle had my mind in turmoil.  As I prayed, Psalm 37 popped into my thoughts, so I flipped to that passage.  Verse 3 caught my eye.  Trust in the Lord and do good.  Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.

For the first time, I noticed a footnote explaining the end of that verse.  While I always thought that cultivating faithfulness referred to my responsibility to be faithful to Him, the explanation I read was saying it meant to feed on His faithfulness.  Wow!  Suddenly what had seemed like another challenge to perform became a blessing to experience.

This morning, I grabbed my amplified Bible to get the full picture.  Trust (lean on, rely on and be confident) in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed.

If you tend to be performance oriented like me, this is a message to contemplate.  What does it mean to feed on His faithfulness?  How do we do that?  I think it starts with dwelling in the land – His promised land for us.  We dwell there when we are meditating on His promises and applying them to the circumstances of our lives.

That leads us to feeding on His faithfulness.  This is an exercise in awareness.

God’s faithfulness in our lives is historical.  We each have our own personal record of the multitude of times that He has been faithful to meet our needs, to help us through difficulties, to bring triumph from our tragedies.  Are we aware of His hand as we look back?  Have we set up altars of remembrance in our hearts and minds?  Being aware of His provisions in the past is a step toward feeding on His faithfulness today.

God’s faithfulness in our lives is ongoing.  Every day we can choose to open our awareness to His faithfulness on a moment-by-moment basis.  Every breath we take, every heartbeat, every new day and fresh start, all are evidence of His unending faithfulness. 

God’s faithfulness in our lives is eternal.  There will never come a day that God’s faithfulness will fail.  Our plans may change, our futures may unfold in ways we did not anticipate, but the God we love will remain faithful to fulfill His promises and meet our needs. 

Focusing on His faithfulness nourishes our spirit.  I want to feed on His faithfulness today.  How about you?