To Him Who is Able to Keep you from Falling

This year our devotionals have highlighted truths that Biblical characters have proclaimed about God.  As we wrap up this theme over the summer, I want to add my own pieces – sharing some of the things that God has taught or reaffirmed to me this year about His character.  Today I want to thank Him for keeping me.

Culture would teach us that we are masters of our own destiny and that we decide our own fate.  Our success and failure is in our own hands. That sounds great on the surface, but believing that everything is up to us is also an awesome responsibility.  My young niece expressed this to my brother a few months ago, “I want to follow God”, she said, “but I’m scared that I won’t.”  Have you ever felt this way?

Looking back, I can identify so many times that I could have gone off the rails and left my faith behind.  The potential was there, but God is keeping me. He is teaching me through His word.  He brings people into my life to expose some of the lies I may be tempted to believe and remind me of the truth; friends and pastors and authors.  He orchestrates circumstances to remind me that I need Him.  God has been doing this with his people throughout time.

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the people of Israel: you shall say to them, The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:22-26)

In one of David’s last speeches he prays, “O Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our fathers, keep forever such purposes and thoughts in the hearts of your people, and direct their hearts toward you. Grant to Solomon my son a whole heart that he may keep your commandments, your testimonies, and your statutes, performing all, and that he may build the palace for which I have made provision.” (1 Chronicles 29:18-19)

In Psalms we read, “But who can discern their own errors? Forgive my hidden faults.  Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me.  Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression. May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer  (Psalm 19:12-14).  The Lord will keep you from all harm -
he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore. (Psalm 121:7-8)

Paul affirms this too.  He tells the Corinthian church, “Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  (1 Corinthians 1:7-9)

God calls us to obedience, but he knows how weak and susceptible we are.  He knows that we need His help to even want to obey for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.“ (Philippians 2:13).  So, I continue asking Him to keep me, to keep my husband and my kids, my extended family and my friends.

To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.  (Jude 1:24-25)

Kristal Toews

Pastor of Women

A Discerning Woman’s Words – Chosen That You May Proclaim – Abigail

Quick thinking, resourceful, self-directed and wise: these words describe a remarkable woman in scripture who proclaimed great truths about God.  Abigail’s story is recorded in 1 Samuel 25 and grabs a reader’s interest by the tension immediately introduced.  Abigail, the text reads, was “discerning and beautiful” but her husband Nabal “was harsh and badly behaved” (v 3).  As I read this story I have often wondered how she kept her identity intact.   Although her husband was not pleasant to be around, she somehow managed to maintain her dignity and the respect of those around her.  I imagine it would take conscious effort; it would be much easier (and perhaps justifiable) to sink into apathy, depression or to relate on his level but she doesn’t.

Because her resourceful character is well known, when David’s army is about to advance on their household to avenge an insult he received from Nabal, the servants come running to Abigail.  They blurt out the story and then say: “Now think it over and see what you can do, because disaster is hanging over our master and his whole household.  He is such a wicked man that no one can talk to him” (v 17).  Abigail acts quickly. She puts together an assortment of gifts and rides out to meet David in person.  After stopping him and introducing herself, she reminds David about the character of the God he is serving with the following words:

Please forgive your servant’s presumption. The Lord your God will certainly make a lasting dynasty for my lord, because you fight the Lord’s battles, and no wrongdoing will be found in you as long as you live. Even though someone is pursuing you to take your life, the life of my lord will be bound secretly in the bundle of the living by the Lord your God, but the lives of your enemies he will hurl away as from the pocket of a sling.  When the Lord has fulfilled for my lord every good thing he promised concerning him and has appointed him ruler over Israel, my lord will not have on his conscience the staggering burden of needless bloodshed or of having avenged himself” (v 28-31).

Abigail seems to know a few things about God. God creates lasting dynasties, God holds our life in his hands, and God directs events towards the fulfillment of His will and His promises.

Her reminder serves its purpose, and David praises God for her intervention. “David said to Abigail, “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, who has sent you today to meet me. May you be blessed for your good judgment and for keeping me from bloodshed this day and from avenging myself with my own hands” (v 32-33).

By reminding David of God’s character, Abigail saves him from committing sin.  If we know God, and firmly believe the same things that Abigail affirmed, we too will steer away from sin and its consequences. We will commit our lives to God’s care, knowing that He will direct our course for His glory and our eternal good.  Trusting in Him will keep us from acting rashly and doing wrong.

I have wrestled with this idea in the past few months.  There are many times when I have wanted to take different matters into my own hands, but God has reminded me to wait for His timing and wait for His plan. I have wondered, sometimes, if I’m being foolish, but then I catch a glimpse of His hand at work and my trust grows.  Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.  Isaiah 64:4

This is the God we serve.  May we all learn to wait for him,


Kristal Toews

Pastor of Women

Living Proof Live 2013 – A Simulcast With Beth Moore

We are going to kick off the ministry year this September with a live Simulcast! The simulcast will be featuring teaching from Beth Moore, and worship led by Travis Cottrell.

The event will take place here at Northview Church on September 14, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.

Get your tickets early, the first 100 tickets sold will be at the discounted rate of $15, and tickets purchased before September 9 will include lunch!

Tickets are available to be purchased on our website here.