Posted by: Pastor J Jacobs on Mon, Jul 31, 2017
Now that we understand what a close relationship there should be between the faithfulness of God and the character of His saints, let’s take a look at more of what the Scripture can tell us about the faithfulness of God.
He IS faithful: ‘He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful’ (1 Corinthians 1:8-9).
God’s faithfulness maintains covenant loyalty: ‘Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands’ (Deuteronomy 7:9).
God’s faithfulness does not depend on us: ‘If we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself’ (2 Timothy 2:13).
God’s faithfulness protects and defends: ‘He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and your rampart’ (Psalm 91:4).
God’s faithfulness is right and just: ‘Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you’ (Psalm 89:14).
God’s faithfulness preserves: ‘Love the Lord all his saints. The Lord preserves the faithful’ (Psalm 31:23).
God’s faithfulness forgives and releases: ‘If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness’ (1 John 1:9).
God’s faithfulness means He is a true witness: ‘Grace and peace to you . . . and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness’ (Revelation 1:4-5).
All the above, which speak so powerfully to us of God’s faithfulness to us, should be characteristics that God looks for in each one of us, which come as a result of our walking with Jesus throughout our lives. I believe they’re an important measure of whether or not we truly are being faithful to Him. For, surely, if we are being faithful to Him, then our lives will become a faithful replication of His character. And our ability to faithfully represent Him is one of the most powerful forms of evangelism there can ever be, in a world that lives by sound-bites instead of sermons, and text messages instead of books!
When people see what we’re like, then there will come a time when they’ll ask the right questions. The following poem by Forrest Kirkpatrick was written for a generation gone by, but its message is, perhaps, even more relevant today than it’s ever been. If people don’t see God’s faithfulness in us how will they ever discover that He truly is a faithful God?
I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day,
I’d rather one would walk with me than merely show the way.
The eye’s a better student and more willing than the ear;
Fine talk is oft confusing, but example’s always clear.
The lectures you deliver may be very wise and true,
But I’d rather get my lesson from observing what you do.
I may not understand you and the high advice you give,
But there’s no misunderstanding how you act and how you live.
The best of all the preachers are the men who live their creeds,
For to see good put in action is what everybody needs.
I soon can learn to do it if you’ll let me see it done,
I can watch your hands in action but your tongue too fast may run!
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