Last week we talked about who we are in God and being anchored in Him and His love for us. However, not only do we need to know who we are in Christ, we also need to know who God is. I know you’re probably thinking “I already know who God is,” but just stay with me here. We know that He is our heavenly Father, He is the creator of all things, He is mighty and awesome – and the list goes on. However, the one thing I want to focus on is HE IS FAITHFUL! Again, you’re probably thinking to yourself “Yeah, I know that, too.” I’m sure if you ask most Christians if they know that God is a faithful God, the majority of the time you’d get a resounding yes. However, the reason I want to talk about this is because when we get in the thick of the battle and things are getting really tough and you find yourself weary in this good fight of faith and ready to throw in the towel, that’s when you’d better know your God is faithful! When things aren’t going like you envisioned and you start questioning the Lord and wondering why your circumstances haven’t changed, that’s when you need to be fully persuaded that God is faithful, that He keeps His Word and He’s right there with you. Those times we feel like giving up and giving in is when we need to make this one declaration – “I know You’re faithful and Your Word is true, and no matter what things look like, I’m trusting you.”
Sometimes when things start getting uncomfortable and we want to take things back into our own hands and do things our own way, then we’re saying “I’m not so sure I trust You with this anymore. I know You have a plan, but I like my plan better.” It’s kind of like when the Israelites wished they were back in Egypt. When we start to waiver in our faith, often times we also waiver in our belief that God is faithful. James 1:6-7 says “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.” I know this is speaking primarily about asking for wisdom, but I believe we can apply it here, as well. I know this verse is kind of hard, but that’s why it’s so important to stand strong in our faith and the faithfulness of God.
The Bible is full of the faithfulness of God! Since I’ve started this study, I’ve become more and more amazed at the Old Testament “heroes of faith.” They didn’t have a Bible they could go to and read about the faithfulness of God. Back in Abraham’s day the laws hadn’t even been established. There was nothing between God and Abraham except faith. I was listening to Genesis on my phone today as I was cleaning and there were several things that just kind of jumped out at me, and I want to share a couple of them with you. Now these aren’t listed in Hebrews 11, but they show the goodness and faithfulness of God. One was in Genesis 21 when Abraham sent Hagar and Ismael away. After Hagar had wandered around in the wilderness and the water that she had with her ran out – now here is a mother and child out in the wilderness, alone, with no water – Hagar put her son under a shrub and went a ways off (King James says “as it were a bowshot” – not sure what that is but I would imagine she could still hear the child), so she wouldn’t have to see him die, and she began to cry. Verse 17 says “And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is.” The angel told Hagar to go get her son and God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water – and God provided! The other was when Abraham sent his servant to find a wife for Isaac. When the servant reached Nahor he stopped by a well outside the city at about the time the women would go to draw water. He prayed and asked the Lord that the woman who he asked for a drink of water from would also offer to get water for his camels (Genesis 24:12-14). I love verse 15. “And it came to pass, before he had done speaking, that, behold, Rebekah came out . . . with her pitcher upon her shoulder.” Did you see that? Before he had finished speaking!!!! I know these aren’t stories we often hear about, but oh how they show the faithfulness of God. I would really encourage you to go back and read both of these accounts in Genesis.
If we go back to Hebrews 11, you’ll see the phrase “by faith” and “through faith” many, many times – Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sara, etc. By faith seas opened up, walls fell, the mouths of lions were stopped, fires were quenched, and promises were obtained (and much more). However, not only in these verses do we see the faith of all those listed, but we see the faithfulness of God!! And that’s just the Old Testament!!! Let me tell you, if you’re needing some encouragement go back and read these accounts in the Old Testament, because let me assure you that the same God that opened the seas, shut the mouths of lions, and caused walls to fall hasn’t changed not one bit. He is faithful!!!
There are several scriptures that also speak to the faithfulness of God. I’ve listed some below, but again I would encourage to get in the Word and find some other ones.
Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations. Deuteronomy 7:9
Thy mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds. Psalm 36:5
God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 Corinthians 1:9
Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. Hebrews 11:11
I know this may seem like a repeat of some things we’ve already looked at, but we have to be firmly established in who we are and that our God IS faithful – fully persuaded, beyond a shadow of a doubt, even when you don’t understand what’s going on, that God is faithful and His Word is true. And again, I would really encourage you go back and read some of these Old Testament passages. You will be blessed!