Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Day 39 - Faithfulness

Deuteronomy 7:9

Every one of us has most likely experienced the pain from an unfaithful friend. I think if we were perfectly honest with ourselves we could probably see a time when we slipped in our faithfulness to a friend. Faithfulness is a loyalty that requires integrity and love. When I first started to look up scripture on faithfulness, I found several verses that paired faithfulness and love together. Even though I have said on several occasions that I feel love is the fruit that is necessary for all other fruits to be shown, I was still surprised to see the phrase “love and faithfulness” so many times in my concordance. We will look at that connection more in a later blog post; however, today I would like to focus on God’s faithfulness. Since we know that our measurement on how we should be living is to be compared to God, I felt it would be good to take a look at God’s faithfulness. There are so many scriptures that declare the faithfulness of God that I cannot look at all of them in one blog post, so please keep in mind that this is just an overview. Please look at Deuteronomy 7:9.

The name given of God in this section of scripture is “The Faithful God.” This name is mentioned when the Israelites were reminded of the covenant that God made with them. The reminder was that God would always keep up His part of the covenant with the Israelites if they would remain faithful to Him. Psalm 33:4 says, “For the Word of the LORD is right and true; He is faithful in all He does.” We know that what God speaks to us in His word is true and will happen. Who He says we are is true and we don’t need to doubt it. Psalm 117:2 says, “For great is His love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever.” He is so faithful that His love for us will never end! That can be difficult to comprehend because so often human love is conditional. Please look up Psalm 145:13. God will always keep His promises, so when he promises eternal life to those who believe we know that He will not change His mind.

Please look up Lamentations 3:22-23. God is so faithful because He loves us so deeply. His compassions for us never fail and are new every morning. He also promises us protection that will never fail. 2 Thessalonians 3:3 says, “But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.” He doesn’t promise that we will not have pain in this life, but we know that He will not allow us to be consumed by Satan. There are so many more verses that declare God’s faithfulness, and I will be looking at more as I study faithfulness. Sometimes I think that God put so many reminders of His faithfulness in His Word because He knew that life can be hard and we would need many reminders. We can believe God because He has always been faithful and He will always be faithful; we serve and worship a faithful God!

Are you trusting in God’s faithfulness?

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