God, Show Us Your Glory – Part 5 – Faithful
Faithful! Faithful? What or who in your life would you consider faithful? I suppose we first need a definition. Webster’s Dictionary defines faithful as the following:
1: steadfast in affection or allegiance: LOYAL (a faithful friend)
2: firm in adherence to promises or in observance of duty: CONSCIENTIOUS (a faithful employee)
3: given with strong assurance: BINDING (a faithful promise)
4: true to the facts, to a standard, or to an original (a faithful copy)
While you know several services (the post office), businesses (Quick Trip), people (my wife), or pets (Gerald our family’s turtle is faithful to swim around his little tank and eat the food we give to him.) we count as being faithful, no one’s faithfulness compares to God’s faithfulness. He is the ultimate expression of faithfulness. He is faithfulness!
Read these verses:
Deuteronomy 7:9-11 Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations; 10 And repayeth them that hate him to their face, to destroy them: he will not be slack to him that hateth him, he will repay him to his face. 11 Thou shalt therefore keep the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, which I command thee this day, to do them.
Psalm 119:86a All thy commandments are faithful:
- God’s word is be counted on and His commands never changed. (Psalm 119:86a)
- Even the best of us change our minds. We want something one day and then the next we want something different. God’s commands are eternal and never change. Because He is all-knowing, He never needs to return to His word and make adjustments because He couldn’t see what was coming.
- This is so unlike everyone we know. We have all made major adjustments to our plans and word because of unforeseen events.
- His omniscience complements His faithfulness.
Psalm 119:89:91 For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven. 90 Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth. 91 They continue this day according to thine ordinances: for all are thy servants.
- His faithfulness crosses generational divides. His promises didn’t stop when Abraham died. He continues to be faithful to all the covenants He has made.
- His faithfulness to people of the past is proof that He will continue to be faithful today.
- Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
- Malachi 3:6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
Lamentations 3:22-23 It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
- God’s faithfulness isn’t worn thin by yesterday’s idolatry.
- Sometimes I carry people’s transgressions from one day to the next. My mercies are not new every morning.
- With God, Even as we leave believing that God is enough, His faithfulness is fresh towards us because we stand “in Christ.”
1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
- God is faithful to provide an escape from the temptation of sin.
- Christ in us is the hope of glory. His faithful presence and power will allow us to say no to the master of indwelling sin and walk in the Spirit so that we do not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
- If God’s presence and power weren’t faithful, we would regularly find ourselves with no choice but to sin.
Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
- The faithfulness of our faith is based upon the faithfulness to His glory.
- Psalm 23:3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
- God’s faithfulness to lead and guide us isn’t ultimately based upon me or His love for me but upon His name and the glory of that precious name.
- He is faithful because to not be faithful would mean that He no longer cares for His glory which would be the essence of sin. Since God cannot sin, He is FAITHFUL.
We could do this all day. There are literally hundreds if not thousands of verses that speak to the faithfulness of our Creator, Sustain, and Savior.
When you hear God is faithful, what is the first verse you think of? What time in your life was God’s faithfulness most obvious to you?
One more thing. Humans are not naturally consistent or faithful, but since I am made new and the Spirit of the Christ now animates our bodies and souls, it is possible to be faithful each day The Spirit leads us in our thinking as it is transformed by the word of God, this is Divine Initiation. We then move with a “Faith Response” trusting God’s faithfulness. On the other side of the Faith Response, we experience a “Divine Lift” that enables us to partake in His divine nature (2 Peter 1:3) which would include FAITHFULNESS. This “divine nature” is the nature of Christ in us, so we can faithful love, forgive, care for others, and glorify God.
1 Thessalonians 5:24 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.