Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 1:17-20
Paul writes, “As surely as God is faithful” [verse 18]. Here is one of the foundational Christian truths about God. The word faithful means to be trustworthy, and can be relied upon. God is totally trustworthy and can be relied upon. What He says He will do. His “Yes” is “Yes” and His “No” is “No”.
Many years ago someone gave me a card that I kept in my Bible. It said,
“God says it; I believe it; that settles it!” If God has said it, then that is sufficient. The Bible says, “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” [Numbers 23:19].
Jeremiah speaks of God’s faithfulness, when he writes, “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness” [Lamentations 3:22-23].
An aspect of God’s faithfulness, and a basis to trust Him, is that He never changes. Speaking of Jesus, the writer to the Hebrews says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and for ever” [Hebrews 13:8]. James, writing about God our Father says, “He is always the same and never makes dark shadows by changing” [James 1:17 CEV]
Because God is unchanging and keeps His word we can trust Him. People we worked among as missionaries on a fanatical Muslim island could not understand the unchanging character of God. Instead they believed that he could do whatever he wanted and whenever he wanted. Because of this they never had any certainty of salvation or an assurance of heaven. They worked so hard to please him, but then He could just decide on a whim to reject them. When we asked them if they were going to heaven when they die, their only response was Insha Allah – if God wills. But our God is not like that. Our God is limited by His own immutable and unalterable nature. He cannot lie, always keeps His word and is utterly trustworthy, and therefore we have a sure and certain hope that is an anchor for the soul [Hebrews 6:18-19].
Are you facing a difficult situation and have a promise from God that you can stand on at this time? Many years ago a man told me that the following day he would provide me with a car for my ministry in Singapore. The next day came and passed, and no car! On the third day I wrote in my journal, “When God promises something it will happen, but when man promises wait and see!” God is faithful and keeps His promises – just hang in there!
We know that God is faithful, but why does He sometimes make us wait when He has promised us something?
If we are going to become more God-like, then it will mean that we must be faithful just as He is faithful. Are there some adjustments you will need to make in order to be a more faithful person?
Read Psalm 37:25. In what way does David speak of God’s faithfulness?