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God is always faithful – By Rev. C.J. Barry Kentner

By Rev. C.J. Barry Kentner

God is faithful…always faithful. It is our lack of belief that oftentimes turns us away from Him and sets our mind on other things.  Looking through the Psalms,  I find time after time, the reminders of His faithfulness.

Actually, from Psalm 1 to Psalm 150 there is an assurance of his faithfulness, but sometimes it is more pronounced than others. Especially when we are getting up there in years; there is more assurance of not only His faithfulness but also His plan for a lifetime.

Psalm 1 states,  “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners; nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. His delight is in the law of the Lord.The promise; He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth fruit in his season, and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

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Psalm 92 is a great example of this. In verse 12 it says, “The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree; he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God, and they shall still bring forth fruit in their old age. They shall be fat and flourishing to shew that the Lord is upright.”

And Psalm 7l, verse 18 also speaks to the elderly: David says, ‘Now, also when I am old and gray-headed, Oh God forsake me naught until I have shewed thy strength to this generation, and thy power to everyone that is to come!’

I will never forget Psalm 3, which is embedded in my mind by a chorus.

                                              Thou, Oh Lord, are a shield to me
                                              My glory, and the lifter of my head.

I will be 85 years old in July, and I am still acting live in ministry. Who says age has anything to do with it? Certainly not the Psalms.

True story. On a trip on the Trans Canada  Highway in Northern Ontario, I was selling Christian books and Sunday School supplies to churches. I hauled my load with a huge 40-foot trailer pulled by a Dodge pickup truck. After finishing the weekend in Elliot Lake, Ontario, I put the money in the bank, and started for my next destination: Blind River. 

I was almost to a gas station when I realized I had not put any gasoline in the truck before leaving Elliot Lake,  and there was only one service station between the two destinations. If I were to pass this gas station, I would run out before I reached Blind River. I pulled over to the side of the road, shut off the truck and went to the trailer. While I was waiting and praying, I  grabbed a cassette and put it in a tape player.  The lively tune had me dancing around the trailer nearly missing a knock on the door.

I opened it to find a gentleman who, believe it or not, had driven all the way from Elliott Lake hoping to find me.   He wanted to buy some records, and the bill was more than a hundred dollars.   He paid me in cash! Just what I needed to resume the trip. I went to Blind River after I gassed up and had supper before retiring.  Did I mentioend God is always faithful?

Standing At the Check-Out Counter

Standing at the Checkout
One cold but sunny winter day
I heard the man beside me say
It’s the sun that makes the difference.

That’s true, I thought,
Agreeing that the warmth however frail,
Does something for the Spirit
Like a dog with a wagging tail.

And then I thought of God’s own Son,
And the difference He can make
Both sunshine and S-O-N Shine
I definitely can take.

Rev. C.J. Barry Kentner

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