January 30

God is Faithful

Bible Reading: Psalm 119:89-90; Hebrews 10:23; Philippians 1:6

Ray Pritchard defined the faithfulness of God by way of contrast: “How many people do you know who do exactly what they say? Before you answer, let me rephrase the question. How many do you know who do exactly what they say every single time? Now before you answer, let me rephrase it again. How many people do you know who do exactly what they say every single time and do it with such thoroughness and perfection that you never have to worry about anything they say or do? Again, before you answer, let me ask it one more time: How many people do you know who, no matter what the circumstances and no matter how they feel, will always do exactly what they say they will do every single time and do it with the same thoroughness and perfection that you never have to worry about anything they say or do because you know if they say it, they will definitely do it without fail, without change and without excuse?…God’s faithfulness means that because he is the truth, everything he says and does is certain. That means he is 100% reliable 100% of the time. He does not fail, forget, falter, change or disappoint.”

The fact that God is faithful means that He will always do as He has promised.  We can rely on Him.  Because God is faithful, we can count on Him to sustain us and finish the work He started in us (1 Corinthians 1:8-9).  Because God is faithful, we can rest assured that He won’t ever allow us to be tempted beyond what we are able (1 Corinthians 10:13).  Because God is faithful, we can trust Him to sanctify us completely, that we might be prepared for the coming of Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24).  Because God is faithful, we can rely on Him to establish us and guard us from the evil one (2 Thessalonians 3:3).  Because God is faithful, we can entrust our souls to Him in the midst of any suffering that we are faced to endure (1 Peter 4:19).  Because God is faithful, we can trust Him to always forgive when we confess our sins to Him (1 John 1:9).  Because God is faithful, we can lay hold of every promise in His Word, and know without a doubt that He will fulfill it.

A.W. Tozer, “Upon God’s faithfulness rests our whole hope of future blessedness.  Only as He is faithful will His covenants stand and His promises be honored.  Only as we have complete assurance that He is faithful may we live in peace and look forward with assurance to the life to come.”  Think back on the ways God has proven Himself faithful, the things He has done in your life which He promised in His word to do.  God’s faithfulness is the basis for our confidence in Him.  But it’s one thing to accept the faithfulness of God as a Divine truth, it is another to act upon it.  Are we even now actually expecting Him to do for us all that He has promised (Hebrews 10:23)?  God would have us trust Him in all..  

Heavenly Father.  Praise You God that You’ve fulfilled every promise You’ve made.  Though others fail us, You never will.  Though we’ve failed You and others, You can be counted on to do everything that You’ve said.  How incredibly blessed we are in Jesus!  May Your faithfulness work to encourage us to trust You all the more, as You work out Your perfect plan in our lives.

Standing on the promises that cannot fail.

When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,

By the living Word of God I shall prevail,

Standing on the promises of God.

Author: looking2jesus13

Having served as pastor at Lewis and Clark Bible Church, in Astoria, Oregon, for almost three decades, my wife’s cancer diagnosis led to my retirement and subsequent move to Heppner to be near our two grandchildren. I divide my time between caring for Laura and working as a part time hospice chaplain and spending time with family and spoiling my chocolate lab.

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