By Andrea Harris
God is faithful. It’s a fact, always has been, always will be. The problem is that we either don’t fully believe it, or we forget.
What does faithfulness even look like? My parents have been married 69 years and have been a wonderful example to our family and others of love for the Lord and each other. But even that is just a shadow of God’s faithfulness. We’re told in Deuteronomy 7:9 that God keeps His covenant to a thousand generations. Now that’s a crazy long time!
And it’s not just that He chooses to be faithful to certain promises or certain people. It’s part of His character. The Deuteronomy verse says “Know therefore that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God.” The New Testament has numerous references that simply say “God is faithful.” It doesn’t say God acted faithfully in a particular circumstance. It’s Who He is.
The Amplified Bible version of I Corinthians 1:9 says it well:
“God is faithful [He is reliable, trustworthy and ever true to His promise – He can be depended on], and through Him you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”
We really can trust Him because He is perfectly dependable. So why don’t we?
One advantage to getting older (there are some!) is that we have more instances to look back on and remember God’s faithfulness. I can look back on a lifetime of following God and mark certain times when His faithfulness stood out.
God was faithful when someone turned their back on me.
God was faithful when I ended up in the middle of a civil war on a short-term mission trip.
God was faithful when I lost someone at age 22 and He put me in a safe place to learn to grieve.
God was faithful when my husband was out of work and our little family of three had no place to live.
God was faithful to protect my three children through the dangers of childhood and adolescence.
How about you? Are there specific dates or seasons which you need to remember?
In Jeremiah’s book of Lamentations, he expresses his sorrow and despair and then says in 3:21-23 “But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. ‘The LORD is my portion,’ says my soul, therefore I will hope in him’” (ESV, emphasis added).
So, take a moment and recall, review, rehearse – it’s a choice. Remember God’s faithfulness.