Bible Reading: Psalm 89:1-8
Today we will consider briefly three areas of our life where we can prove God’s faithfulness.
Firstly, God is faithful to forgive. “If we confess our sins God is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” [1 John 1:9]. John’s letters are written to Christians who have been set free from a sinful nature but who are still are capable of doing sinful acts. The faithfulness of God means we can depend upon Him to forgive us at the moment we confess our sins. We don’t have to keep replaying the video of our failures!
Secondly, God is faithful to sanctify and keep us. Paul writes, “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it” [1 Thessalonians 5:23-24]. The faithful God promises to sanctify and preserve us.
Sanctification is God’s ongoing work in our lives to make us more conformed to the image of Jesus. God will never give up on us and will faithfully carry out His part in the building of our character. He promises to complete the work that He has begun [Philippians 1:6].
The refiner heats the furnace so that the dross may be removed from the silver or gold. It might be painful but it is necessary. The refiner knows when the work is done because he can see his face perfectly reflected as he looks at the refined metal. God is the refiner and His goal is to see a perfect image of His Son in us.
God is faithful in times of trial. Sometimes in life’s struggles everything becomes too much for us, and you may be tempted to wonder if God is really there at all. David experienced this and wrote, “You hold my eyelids open; I am so troubled that I cannot speak. Has His mercy ceased forever? Has His promise failed forevermore?” [Psalm 77:4]. But God is faithful! He promises that all our trials will be in proportion to our strength [1 Corinthians 10:13], and that He will never lay anything on us beyond our power to overcome. Even in times of trial He is there holding us, and inviting us to trust Him. Trust is so much easier when you can see, but so much more powerful when you cannot trace what God is doing. He is the dependable Rock that we can lean upon. David wrote, “When my spirit is overwhelmed within me, lead me to the Rock that is higher than I” [Psalm 61:2].
Will you thank God today for His faithfulness [a] in forgiving you when you confess your sins [b] in working in your life to make you holy, and [c] for being with you and holding you firm in times of trial?
Why not write a prayer of thankfulness to God for His faithfulness to you and then use this prayer each day until thanking God for His faithfulness becomes a life-style?