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God is Faithful

God is endlessly trustworthy. Every promise and covenant he has made, he will keep—God is most faithful.

I am not known for my endurance. I am easily excited by new projects, only to quickly abandon them when something newer and more exciting comes along. To my projects (and sometimes shamefully to my promises regarding said project), I am unfaith­ful. But this has never been true of God. God is eternally faithful. What he has promised, he will see through; just as with God’s truthfulness, anything he says he will do. He has never gone back on what he said or made a commitment he has not kept. God is most faithful.

The fidelity of God is put gloriously on display in his cov­enants. Being a relational God, he has always desired to have a relationship with his creation. Though sin separated us from God (both in terms of proximity and in terms of relational accessibil­ity), God demonstrated his eager desire to be in covenant rela­tionship with people (Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David). In these covenants, God generously initiates a relationship with his people, joyfully binding himself to them in committed relation­ship and inviting his people to depend on him.

The Bible is one long true tale of God’s faithfulness in the face of his people’s faithlessness. Time and again, God’s people break the covenant he has extended to them; they disobey his law, worship idols, and grieve his Spirit. And yet, despite their unfaithfulness, God is enduringly steadfast (Deut. 7:9). He maintains unswerving and steadfast faithfulness to them and to his covenant. Even now, in the New Testament church, where we are unfaithful to walk in the Spirit, to bear the fruit of righteous­ness, and to forsake our sin, God remains faithful (2 Tim. 2:13; 1 Thess. 5:24). There is not a hint of infidelity in God’s character, not a speck or spot of flightiness. He will not abandon us; he is a faithful God.

God commands his people to be faithful because he is faith­ful. This command includes keeping our promises in ways that are consistent with his promise-keeping character (Heb. 13:4) and in holding with unswerving hope to the promises of God (Heb. 10:23). Because we worship God most faithful, we are invited to mirror his enduring fidelity in our own relationships, character, and lives.

REFLECT

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO SERVE A FAITHFUL GOD? HOW SHOULD OUR FAITH AND OUR LIVES REFLECT HIS FAITHFULNESS? WHAT SHOULD FAITHFULNESS LOOK LIKE AS A FOLLOWER OF CHRIST?