A God of Absolutes
Humans are not 100% faithful. We let down people we love, and we struggle being consistent with what we know is healthy. This is one reason we have a hard time believing God is always faithful. We’re not able to live out absolutes, so we struggle believing he can too.
Yet, the Bible says he is always faithful. Not just faithful some of the time and to some people.
“Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.” (Deuteronomy 7:9)
“His is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.” (Deuteronomy 32:4)
“For the Lord is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting and His faithfulness to all generations.” (Psalm 100:5)
See the absolutes? ALL his ways. NO wrong. ALL generations.
The Purpose of His Faithfulness
Why does it matter to us if God is always faithful?
His faithfulness speaks to the core of his character. This means we can know for certain he’ll do what he says he’s going to do. We can know that the character we see him display throughout the Bible, in Old Testament Stories and New Testament teachings, still remains active today.
“Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath.” (Hebrews 6:17)
He hasn’t changed. He’s the same God we read about in the Bible. His purposes remain the same.
The Activity of His Faithfulness
While we can read about God’s faithfulness in the Bible, we may still struggle with knowing how his faithfulness works in our lives. Fortunately, the Bible gives us a lot of insight into the activity of God’s faithfulness.
- His faithfulness is not dependent upon our faithfulness. (Romans 3:3; 2 Timothy 2:13) No, we’re not always faithful. He remains faithful to His promises, though, regardless of how many times we fail to do so.
- His faithfulness gives us confident hope. (Hebrews 10:23) Because God is faithful, the hope we rely on — that found in the death and resurrection of Jesus — and all the promises that come with that hope, is sure. No matter what else may crumble in our lives, that hope remains.
- His faithfulness is abounding. (Psalm 86:15) Not only is God slow to get angry, love and faithfulness are in abundant supply. In other words, there is no end to them. We cannot use them up.
- His faithfulness is the foundation for all he does. (Psalm 33:4) All that he has done and will do flows out of His faithfulness. In other words, every act of God is reliable, dependable, consistent and loyal. He does not stray from who he is. Ever.
- His faithfulness guarantees our forgiveness. (1 John 1:9) When we regularly confess and repent, God always forgives. He also gives us a clean slate. Every time.
- His faithfulness means fellowship. (1 Corinthians 1:9) God’s faithfulness is fulfilled in Christ. Because of Christ, we can have fellowship with God. If you’re unsure of where to go for any reason, if you doubt God’s faithfulness, look to Christ.
- His faithfulness provides the antidote to temptation. (1 Corinthians 10:13) Temptation is inevitable, but God promises a way to bear it. Always.
- His faithfulness protects us. (2 Thessalonians 3:3) God promises both strength and protection from Satan. Because God is faithful, we know this and all of His promises are true. (Not sure Satan is real? Consider that underestimating him may be exactly what he wants.)
On one level, God’s faithfulness doesn’t make sense. After all, why would he remain reliable, dependable, consistent and loyal when we’re not? Think of it this way. When you are faithful to someone even when they are not faithful to you, why? The answer, likely, is because you love them.
Faithfulness Because of Love
If we in our imperfection can love enough for any semblance of faithfulness in our lives, so much more will God love enough for perfect faithfulness. We may not fully understand or comprehend it, but that doesn’t make it any less true.
To better grasp the truth of God’s faithfulness, saturate yourself with Scripture. Learn God’s promises. As you become more aware of what he says and how his faithfulness is present in your life, your hope will grow. Your ability to forgive and withstand temptation will increase too. Why? Because he is faithful and keeps his promises.
“But from there you will seek the Lord your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul.” (Deuteronomy 4:29)