Lamentations 3:22–23 says, “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.”
Happy New Month friends! In “Know What The Bible Says”, we celebrates the Faithfulness of God as always with more intensity, I believe you are also in this spirit. I remember Zac Ponnem says, “Ingratitude is the first step downward regression in the life of a child of God. When a Christian stopped giving thanks to God, he/she has started backsliding.” Absolutely true! No matter the situation or circumstances, God’s nature cannot change.
Many of us are unthankful today because we have been conditioned by the world to take things for granted. Let us have a rethink about our daily life. We must be thankful to God for the many blessings He has bestowed upon us/family? Most importantly, giving thanks to God daily for given us His Son, Christ Jesus? Do we contemplate that amazing sacrifice He made? Do we remember to thank Him for the gift of His Holy Spirit, and His infallible Word? Now if Christians are unthankful, then what are those outside the faith like?
Many places in Scripture extol the faithfulness of God. Lamentations 3:22–23 says, “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.”
So, what is faithfulness? The Hebrew word translated “faithfulness” means “steadfastness, firmness, fidelity.” The opposite of being faithful is to be ever-changing or wishy-washy. Psalm 119:89–90 says, “Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. Your faithfulness continues through all generations.” Here faithfulness is equated with God’s Word. God speaks never-ending truth. If God spoke something a thousand years ago, it still stands. He is faithful to His Word, because His Word is an expression of His character. The promises He made still hold true because He does not change (Malachi 3:6). We see this illustrated from a human perspective in a couple married for eighty years. When the wife lies on her deathbed, her husband sits nearby holding her hand. He won’t leave her, even though she no longer recognizes him. He is faithful to the promises he made to her. In much more ways than that, God remains faithful to His promises, even though we are often unfaithful to Him (2 Timothy 2:13 ).
Before we know God, we are afraid to trust Him. We don’t yet know who He is or what He may do. We learn to trust God by getting to know His character. There are three ways we can get to know Him: studying His Word, reviewing His working in our own lives, and learning to follow His voice.
Faithfulness of God – Examples
The faithfulness of God is starkly evident in His relationship with the Hebrew/Jewish people. God made a land covenant with Abraham (patriarch of many nations) and has never withdrawn what He has promised. Though the Jewish people have been scattered around the world, God promised they would return to the land He promised Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all their descendants (Zechariah 8:7-8).
Among God’s fulfilled promises was that the people of Israel would again become a nation in the land He says is theirs. This prophecy made in the Old Testament was fulfilled in May of 1948. Since then, the Jewish people have been returning home.
More examples of God’s faithfulness to keep His covenants with others are found in the following verses:
To Noah (God will save Noah and his family) – Genesis 6:17-18; 9:9-17
To Ishmael (God will bless Ishmael and his descendants) – Genesis 17:18-20
To Moses (God will spare the Israelites if they obey) – Exodus 19:5
To Jacob (God reaffirms everlasting covenant to Israel) – Psalm 105:10
There are literally dozens more scriptures of God’s faithfulness. None however may be the most life-changing as those that proclaim His forgiveness of our sins. There are many Old Testament prophecies promising a coming Messiah or Savior. God’s faithful promise was fulfilled in the New Testament when He sent Jesus to atone for our sins. No matter what sins we have committed, no matter how “bad” we are, God is faithful to forgive us if we accept Jesus and repent of our sins.
God sent His Son, (Matthew 1:21-22) through Him we have everlasting life – John 3:16
Christ died for our atonement of sin – 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10
God’s promise to remove sins – Romans 11:25-27
God ordained Jesus, author of eternal salvation – Hebrews 5:5-10. God will toss our sin into the depths of the sea (never to be remembered again) – Micah 7:18-19
Faithfulness of God – The Promises
God is so faithful that anyone who seeks Him can find Him.
When we study God’s Word, a pattern emerges. We learn that God never changes and never lies (Numbers 23:19;1Samuel 15:29). We learn through Scripture that God has never failed in the past Isaiah 51:6. He was always true to His Word as He worked in the lives of the ancient Israelites. When He said He would do something, He did it (Numbers 11:23; Matthew 24:35). We begin to build trust upon His proven character. We can trust that God will be true to Himself. He will never cease acting like God. He will never cease being sovereign, being holy, or being good (1 Timothy 6:15;1Peter 1:16).
We learn through our own history that He has never failed us, either. One command God often gave the Israelites was “Remember” Deuteronomy 8:2;Isaiah 46:9. When they remembered all God had done for them, they could more easily trust Him for the future. We need to intentionally remember all the ways God has provided for us and delivered us in the past. Keeping a prayer journal can help with this. When we recall the ways God has answered our prayers, it equips us to continue asking and expecting answers. When we come to Him in prayer, we know that He always hears us 1John 5:14; Psalm 34:15). He provides what we need (Philippians 4:19). And He will always make everything work together for our good when we trust Him with it (Romans 8:28). We learn to trust God’s future faithfulness by remembering His past faithfulness.
And we can also learn to trust Him by learning to distinguish His voice from the others that compete for attention. Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice; I know them and they follow me” (John 10:27).
Above all things, God loves for us to demonstrate faith (Hebrews 11:6). Faith is trusting in the character of God before we see how He is going to work things out. He has given us His Word, and His promises still stand. As we see the ways He brings His promises to fulfillment, our trust in His faithfulness grows. Just as our trust in other people grows with daily interaction, our trust in God grows the same way. We trust Him when we know Him, and to know Him is to trust Him. When we know Him, we can rest in His goodness, even when we don’t understand the circumstances that seem to contradict it. We can trust that God’s plan for us will prevail (Proverbs 19:21 ). As a child trusts a loving father, we can trust our heavenly Father to always do what is right.
May His goodness continue to manifest in our lives in Jesus’ Name. Happy New Month.