As any of you who read my blogs on a regular basis know, I am a great believer in the grace, mercy and love of God because these attributes of God are mentioned time and again in the New Testament. None of us would be alive if it were not for God’s grace. None of us would have an eternity to look forward to with God if not for God’s mercy. None of us would even be here except for the love of God.
Having said these things, there is another aspect of God that is just as important to understand as His grace, mercy and love. As great as these things are, and they are GREAT, they would be meaningless except for the faithfulness of God. The term “God is faithful” (or some variation of it) is used many times in the Bible, especially in the Psalms and Paul’s epistles.
Here is a partial list of the references in Psalms if you want to spend a few minutes looking them up and getting a general idea of the context regarding God’s faithfulness;
Psalms 33:4, 36:5, 86:15, 89:1, 89:8, 91:3-6, 92:1-3, 108:4, 115:1, and 143:1
Certainly it is significant that David would write about the faithfulness of God so many times. David knew God better than anyone and no matter what situation David found himself in, he took comfort in knowing that “God is faithful”. Without a deeply held belief in the faithfulness of God, it is impossible to consistently believe in the promises of God in our lives.
To believe in the integrity of the Word of God, that His Word is true and can be trusted, we must know and believe that God is faithful and that He will not renege on His Word or forget to perform it. Creation has survived the test of time because God is faithful. God’s Word has survived the test of time because God is faithful to do what He has promised.
In the New Testament, the phrase “God is faithful” can be found in:
Romans 3:3-4, 1 Corinthians 1:9, 1 Corinthians 10:13, 2 Corinthians 1:18, 1 Thessalonians 5:24, Hebrews 10:23 and 1John 1:9
Perhaps the most humbling chapter in the New Testament relating to being a leader in the Church is 2 Timothy 2. Within this chapter there are three verses that sum up the full scope of why it is so important to understand that God is faithful. Please look closely at 2 Timothy 2:11-13 from the Amplified Bible (copyright 1954, 58, 62, 64, 65 and 87; by Lockman Foundation)
“The saying is sure and worthy of confidence: If we have died with Him, we shall also live with Him.
12 If we endure, we shall also reign with Him. If we deny and disown and reject Him, He will also deny and disown and reject us.
13 If we are faithless [do not believe and are untrue to Him], He remains true (faithful to His Word and His righteous character), for He cannot deny Himself.”
Sometimes allowing the Word of God to speak for itself is best and these verses bear that statement out. Regardless of whether we remain faithful to God or not, God remains true because He cannot deny Himself. I leave you with a quote from Charles Haddon Spurgeon:
“Through the ages, our God has had billions of people to deal with. Yet there does not stand under heaven’s cover, or above the stars, or in hell itself a single soul who can say that God is not absolutely faithful. No item in the list of our divine promises is unfulfilled. God remembers every promise that He ever made, and He honors each in the experience of those who believe in Him. They who trust in the Lord will find Him faithful, not only in great things, but also in little things. His faintest word will stand firm and steadfast. His least truth will never grow dim. The glory of God’s faithfulness is that no sin of ours has ever made Him unfaithful. Unbelief is a damning thing, yet even when we do not believe, God is faithful.”