God is faithful in all circumstances. God does not let us go through things that we cannot endure or overcome through Him. God provides for us in every season—supplying all our needs. God chooses to forgive, even though it is not deserved.
Join us as we discover how God is faithful and how we can become like Him by being faithful.
The Faithfulness of God
“Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments;”—Deuteronomy 7:9
The Word of God not only states that God is faithful, it shows it. In every action. Every covenant. And most of us, if we look back over our lives or the lives of others we know, can firmly witness that God is faithful. That He does not act in a faithless manner ever.
Yet, what sets the faithfulness of God apart? How can we learn from the Lord and about His awesome qualities?
The answer to each can be found in the Word of God. In the numerous scriptures that speak of who He is.
A few of these include:
- “Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord…”—Psalm 37:3-4 (emphasis added)
- “And the heavens will praise Your wonders, O Lord; Your faithfulness also in the assembly of the saints.”—Psalm 89:5 (emphasis added)
- “Your mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.”—Psalm 36:5 (emphasis added)
However, while each of these verses tell us about the faithfulness of God, it is important to remember the ways in which God has put His faithfulness into action. In keeping His covenant with Abraham and his descendants all throughout history, and to this day! In bringing the children of Israel out of Egypt and into the land He promised them. In providing us with a Savior! In giving us mercy and grace when we deserved death and condemnation. In loving us, even when we were prodigals, even when we tried to do things ourselves…
The faithfulness of God is eternal and sure. Lovely and beautiful. Priceless and costly. And it is shared with us. It is brought to us. And it is allowed for us to walk faithfully with Him… to echo God’s own faithfulness.
What Is Faithfulness in Ourselves?
God is faithful and there is none like Him. But did you also know that the Word says Moses was faithful, David was faithful, and many others besides. Yes, unlike the Lord, they were not perfect, making many mistakes… but each was still considered faithful. And each of us has the opportunity to be faithful too.
It may sound difficult, and it is true that it is not always easy to walk in faithfulness, but it is well worth it.
But what is faithfulness? Is being faithful for us the same as it is for God?
To be faithful in some ways can be related to honesty and just dealings with people. In 2 Kings 12 and 22, for instance, we find moments where, because of faithfulness, there was no need to count or do any special book-keeping or reporting on the transactions that took place. This is a note of trust and character, or rather, trust that comes from character. Related to this can be faithfulness to give; tithes, offerings, firstfruits, and other gifts. Or to say a thing and mean it, being faithful in the things we say and in keeping our word.
Yet, though these are ways in which a person can be faithful, there are other ways. For faithfulness goes far beyond business, trade, and other professional dealings. Faithfulness is also relational in a much more personal way. For faithfulness can be found in friendships, marriage, and families. This sort of faithfulness, and indeed relationship, can be seen in Abraham’s relationship with God. In their covenants as well as their special friendship. This faithfulness can also be between us and God or between us and others. However, no matter what form it takes, faithfulness is a key factor to the growth and maintenance of any relationship.
Connected to this is our relationship with God as exactly that, as GOD. Yes, He is our Friend, Teacher, Husband, and more, but He is also our God. He expects us to walk in faithfulness—to be faithful—to Him and to His Kingdom. Such faithfulness means that we will need to make some tougher decisions than we might in our relationship with the Lord. Among these decisions is the choice to die to ourselves and our own wants and desires, or not. To follow God when we do not see the whole picture, or even are at odds with His will. To walk in obedience and trust, not only in the good seasons but in the bad too. To put Him and His Kingdom high above ourselves. Each of these and more are not always as easy in practice as they sound. We have desires and wants, and at times these may be at odds with God’s desires and wants… but to be faithful, and to remember that God is faithful, we have to put God first. We have to have unchangeable trust in Him.
So, how do we take this from concept to action? How can we become faithful like we know God to be?
Well, following God, choosing to follow Him is important. Because it allows a place for a new way of thinking—the Mind of Christ. It creates a space for God to reside; for His Holy Spirit to lead us and guide us in the way of righteousness, as well as in a walk of faithfulness. It creates a foundation for relationship with God, for the Word of God to manifest in us as we become more like Him. These things and more are allowed room to grow when we accept our Savior, God, and King to be first in our life.
After this, we have the choice to build our character. To create a place for faithfulness to blossom. This is found in our habits and patterns—our actions as well as our heart. In dealing honestly with others. In being loyal in our relationships. In walking in honor, even when it does not seem the easiest or most profitable choice.
Yet, these need to be partnered with daily choices. To read the Word of God. To pray. To fellowship with God and with those He would have us. To praise, worship, and thank the Lord. To ask the Lord to help us in our journey; to help us become faithful as God is faithful.
These choices certainly draw us deeper into a path of faithfulness in our day to day lives, but they also do more. They lay the groundwork of things such as righteousness, and a deeper relationship with God. They set us apart so that people notice a difference in us and want to walk in it to; it causes God to be glorified, and His Kingdom filled with new Believers.
“May the Lord repay every man for his righteousness and his faithfulness; for the Lord delivered you into my hand today, but I would not stretch out my hand against the Lord’s anointed.”—1 Samuel 26:23