God is Faithful
God is faithful. He is a God who keeps His Word. He is a covenant keeping God. Deuteronomy 7:9 says, "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," (NIV). To be faithful means to be loyal, constant, true, and devoted. God does not change. He does not change in His character, His love, kindness, fairness or in fulfilling His promises to us. God is immutable. 2 Timothy 2:13 says, "if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself," (NIV). God is faithful.
Throughout the Bible, we see the faithfulness of God. He made a promise to Abraham that He would give him a son of his own flesh and blood and he would be the father of many nations. Abraham was married to Sarah, however Sarah could not have children. So, after several years of barrenness, Sarah thought God could not fulfill His Word to Abraham, so she had Abraham have a child with Hagar, her handmaiden. Abraham was 86 years old when he had Ishmael.
When Abraham was 99 years old and Sarah 89, God appeared to Abraham and reminded him of the covenant that He had made with him. Then God told him that the next year, 100 years old Abraham and 90 years old, childless Sarah, would have a son called Isaac and he would be the promised son. Sure enough a year later, God blessed Abraham and Sarah with Isaac. Abraham became the father of many nations. God fulfilled His word to Abraham. God is faithful. He is a covenant keeping God. He does what He says He will do. God is not a man that He should lie, nor a son of man that He should change His mind. Does He speak and not act? Does He promise and not fulfill? All of God's promises are yes and amen. What has God promised you that has not come to fulfillment as yet? Keep believing and standing in faith. God is faithful. He makes everything beautiful in His time.
God is a date setter and a promise keeper. He told Noah in 120 years, He would destroy the earth by flood. He told Abraham his descendants would be in Egypt as slaves for 400 years. He told the Israelites they would spend 40 years in the wilderness, a year for each day and He told Jeremiah, the Jews would be in captivity for 70 years in Babylon. Daniel knew the prophecy of the Jews being in exile for 70 years in Babylon, so at the end of the 70 years, he set himself to fasting and seeking God's face. Sure enough God heard his prayer and sent the angel Gabriel to give him the timeline of the coming of the Messiah and the end times. Galatians 4:4-5 says, "But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship," (NIV). God is faithful. He keeps His Word.
The Apostle Paul was a prisoner on a ship sailing for Rome to appeal the charges brought against him by the Jewish Sanhedrin. He was accused of being a troublemaker, a rioter and of desecrating the temple. When the ship first sailed, a gentle south wind was blowing. However, soon a violent storm battered the ship and took it off its course. Things got so bad that the sailors had to throw the cargo and the ship's tackle overboard. All hope and faith were lost. Everyone on board the ship thought they were going to die. No one even had any appetite. The men couldn't eat for weeks. Things looked grim.
However, God gave the Apostle Paul, the man of God, a dream and he stood up and encouraged the men. God told Paul that no one on the ship would lose his life, only the ship would be destroyed. Paul trusted God. He knew that God was faithful. He knew that God would save their lives and sure enough, Acts 27: 44b says, "In this way everyone reached land safely," (NIV). God is faithful.
Malachi 3:6 says, "I the LORD do not change, (NIV). Hebrews 6:18 says, "it's impossible for God to lie," (NIV). Psalm 145:13b says, "The LORD is faithful to all His promises and loving towards all he has made," (NIV). Hebrews 13:8 says, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever," (NIV). God is faithful.
God has promised us that Jesus is coming soon. 2 Peter 3:10-14 says, "But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells. So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him," (NIV).
God is faithful. He promises that He is going to protect and care for us in these unprecedented times. Let us continue to seek His face, trust and obey Him. Psalm 32:8 says, "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you," (NIV). Yes, God is faithful, but will Jesus find faith in us when He returns to the earth. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight," (NIV). Be a voice for the gospel and let others know that God is faithful. Wear Scriptures!
- Dionne Cameron