When a believer gets a settled-in-the-soul assurance of God’s faithfulness, many of life’s questions can be put to rest. In the depth of the Prophet’s Lamentations, Jeremiah grabs ahold of this revelation (3:22-24). He declared,
Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I hope in Him!”
The greatness of God’s faithfulness has been sung about over and over throughout Christendom. Every believer should appreciate the words of this theologically rich hymn, which begins:
“Great is Thy faithfulness,” O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.
A few years ago, this modern version really grabbed ahold of my soul. It is titled, “Never Once” and is by Matt Redman. The chorus declares,
“Never once did we ever walk alone
Never once did You leave us on our own
You are faithful, God, You are faithful.”
God’s faithfulness is a subject that I love to meditate upon and preach about. As often as I can, I like to declare, “God is faithful!”
This faithful fundamental can be found in 1 Corinthians 1:9. “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Philip Yancey, a Christian author, tells about a trip he made to visit Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park (WY). Rings of tourists surrounded the geyser, their video cameras trained like weapons on that famous hole in the ground. A large digital, clock stood beside the spot, predicting 24 minutes until the next eruption.
Philip and his wife stayed in the dining room of the Old Faithful Inn, overlooking the geyser. When the digital clock reached one minute, they, along with every other diner, left their seat and rushed over to the window, to see this big wet event. He noticed that immediately as if on cue, a crew of busboys and waiters descended upon the tables to refill water glasses and clear away dirty dishes. When the geyser went off, the tourists oohed and aahed and clicked their cameras; a few people even spontaneously applauded. But, glancing over his shoulder, Philip saw that not a single busboy or waiter looked out the huge windows. Old Faithful had lost its power to impress them.
Few things are more quickly taken for granted, than God’s faithfulness. But few things are more important. God’s faithfulness deserves our constant praise and wonder.
Faithful is the primary character trait of God. The word character (from the Greek, then Latin) originally had to do with a stamping tool. God’s faithfulness is stamped upon the history of human experience. His indelible mark has been engraved upon His elect.
Think about your own life. Like me, you probably shouldn’t have made it this far. You’re perplexed because you have no explanation. Only one is plausible, and indeed, only One should be praised. God is faithful!
Faithful is who God is. God is not moody or capricious. His character knows no seasons of change or development. He has one single and relentless characteristic which is foundational to all others. God is faithful!
He’s been so good to me that I cannot tell it all. In fact, I cannot explain all I know about the faithfulness of God. All I can do is merely exclaim, “God is faithful!” And He will never let me down.
Here’s one last song to bless your soul as you praise God for His faithfulness. The artist is Housefires, and the song is titled, “Yes and Amen.” One of my favorite parts say,
“Faithful, you are,
Faithful forever you will be
Faithful, yes, you are,
All your promises are yes and Amen
My confidence is settled in the faithfulness of God. That’s where I choose to rest.
How has God proved His faithfulness to you? Go ahead, be an overcomer and praise Him for His faithfulness.