“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3: 22-23)
Have you ever known someone who committed to do something, and they never followed through with their commitment? What about someone who made vows in a marriage, but were not able to keep their promises? I’m sure we each can think of someone who fit these categories, but the truth of the matter is, we all have been unfaithful in one way or another. Although we as believers should strive to be people of integrity, we have not kept all of our promises. Because of this, it can sometimes be difficult to fathom how God could always be faithful.
But the truth is this, God is always faithful. Being faithful is not something that the Lord does, rather it is who He is. He is faithful. Faithfulness is apart of His nature. Arthur Pink once said, “For God to be unfaithful would be to act contrary to his nature, which is impossible.” If God decided to be unfaithful, it would go against who He was, and He wouldn’t be God.
The Lord’s faithfulness means that He will never fail us, He will always be there, and His word will never return void. The Lord will always keep every promise He makes.
“God is not man, that he should lie,
or a son of man, that he should change his mind.
Has he said, and will he not do it?
Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?” -Numbers 23:19
His word always comes to pass. The Lord has truly been consistent through the ages. We can look in the Bible and see countless examples of how the Lord is always faithful.
Let’s look at Joshua for example. Joshua was the assistant to Moses and had seen the Lord move mightily through Moses to deliver the Israelites out of the land of Egypt. Joshua saw the Lord come through every time for Moses and the Israelites. With seeing this, Joshua still could have had an opportunity to question if the Lord would continue to be faithful in the future after the death of Moses. He could have questioned in his heart, “can I trust the Lord to be faithful to me as He was for Moses?”
Now I don’t know for sure if Joshua had these questions in his heart, but the Lord would have settled them all when He said, “I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses…As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.” (Joshua 1: 3, 5-6)
The Lord informed Joshua that He had been with him in his past, that He was with him in the present, and He would be with Joshua in his future. This was wonderful news for Joshua and great news for us! It depicts how faithful the Lord is through every phase of life. He was faithful in our past. He is faithful in our present. He will be faithful in our future. Past, present, and future. God is always faithful.
You may be struggling in your walk today and questioning if the Lord will truly be faithful to you. You have read the stories in the Bible and see how God was faithful to others. Yet and still, you may have a hard time applying this truth to your life. Your circumstances may scream of how the Lord will not come through on his word because of how bad things look. But remember, we are a people that walk by faith and not by sight. If our circumstance is telling us that God will not be faithful, we must recognize the lie and speak truth to the situation.
Lie: The Lord is not going to deliver on His promise
Truth: He is not a man that He should lie (Numbers 23:19)
If the Lord has promised something, He will make good on that promise. If He spoke a word, He WILL act! Just like the Lord was faithful to Joshua, He will surely be faithful to you and I, because He is no respecter of persons. (Acts 10:34)
As you meditate on the faithfulness of your God, allow hope to rise in your heart.
“He who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23)
- When you think about your past, how has the Lord been faithful to you?
- Has the Lord given you a promise that you are still waiting for the manifestation of? Is it becoming difficult to believe that the promise will happen because of the length of time that has passed? How are you dealing with the waiting phase?
Look at how faithful the Lord has been in the past, both in His word and in your life, and use that as proof that He will continue to be faithful in your future. He is always faithful!
Take a listen to this wonderful song and worship the Lord for his faithfulness!