But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love. (Ps. 33:18)

WHENEVER OUR CHURCH was in a tight spot—relational, financial, or spiritual—everyone looked to Charlie to offer godly wisdom. He was a great listener. He was well read. He was an active and enthusiastic senior in our congregation. He had been a time-proven leader in the churches he attended. He was respected in the community as well as the church. He was a phenomenal family man and a great friend. But most of all, everyone in the church knew that Charlie held their best interests at heart. He truly loved each one of us and constantly encouraged everyone he encountered. He was dependable and steadfast, solid as a rock.

Charlie would point out that his dependability toward others was based on God’s dependability toward him. The writer of Psalm 33 pointed out that God is actually looking for ways to prove His dependability to those who love Him. When Israel was in a tight spot, they learned to place their hope in their Creator. God had a history of delivering them in times of trouble. His deep love for His people had never failed them, even in seasons where their faithfulness was lacking.

Charlie simply hoped to imitate God’s character by being dependable. History shows that placing hope in God and His love simply works. God’s unfailing, steadfast love is why our hope in Him is never wasted.

Find three ways this week you can model God’s dependability to others.

Steve Wamberg is a husband, dad, writer, and pastor who loves preaching, teaching, music, coffee, and Nebraska football.

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