For someone reading this, this is a reminder that whatever God has said concerning you will surely come to pass. This is because He that has promised is faithful.
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.Heb. 10:23 ESV
The faithfulness of God is not based on circumstance or the situation of things around us. Regardless of what we may be going through, God remains faithful because that’s His nature. He is wholly and inherently reliable, true to His word, and accountable. This is one of the things that makes following Christ so sweet, the fact that He is faithful. Even when everything seems to be going south, we must remember that God remains faithful. No circumstance can diminish His nature.
“If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.”2 Tim. 2:13
Sometimes, God’s promises to us take longer to manifest than we expect. At such times, we must remember that God isn’t bound by time. Neither does He operate on the 24-hour clock. For every one of His promises, there is an appointed time for manifestation and while we wait for the manifestation, we must continue to remember that He is faithful. We do this by stirring up faith in ourselves.
This is one thing that wasn’t far from the men of old. They were always quick to remember that God is faithful, so even when the promises He made to them were yet to be fulfilled, they walked in faith regardless. Joseph had been hearing about God’s promise to the children of Israel concerning the promised land even before Israel (Jacob) was born. Nevertheless, because he had absorbed himself into the truth that God is true to His word, he gave faith-inspired instructions concerning his bones that they must be carried into the promised land. (Gen. 50:25; 1st Thess. 5:24)
I like to encourage people to pray using scriptures because of God’s faithfulness to His word. His word is His bond and record –in the bible and from experiences around us –is there to prove that He truly does keep His word. Scripture makes us understand that He honors this word even more than He honors His name (Psalm 138:2). Psalm 119:86 tells us that His words are also faithful.
The greatest expression of God’s faithfulness to us is His love. While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Rom. 5:8). Even when we chose to waste away in the world, God’s love kept chasing after us. Even when we were unfaithful by straying away, just like the father of the prodigal son who waited faithfully for the return of his son, God waited for us to return. More than this, He went ahead to bring us back home by Himself. He is that faithful Shepherd that would leave the 99 for the one (Matt. 18:11-13). He promised, from the time of Adam and Eve, that a Saviour will appear to mankind (Gen. 3:15). And just as He promised, His word came to fulfillment. He didn’t leave us to suffer eternally for our shortcomings. He promised and fulfilled. He is also faithful to forgive us our sins whenever we fall short of His glory (Lam. 3:22-23). Although this is not an access card to sinning it is reassurance that God is full of mercy.
What does all this mean to us? It means we can put our minds at rest, assured of His reliability. We can be rest assured that He meant it when He said He would never leave nor forsake us (Heb. 13:5), when He said His plans are to prosper us (Jer. 29:11), when He said He will wipe every tear away from our eyes (Rev. 21:4). More importantly, we can be rest assured of His promise of salvation, for which He has already given us a deposit -the Holy Spirit (2 Cor. 1:22). His faithfulness and unwavering character gives us the confidence to trust in His promise of eternal life and salvation through Jesus.
I pray for you that in every area of your life, you would continue to experience the faithfulness of God in Jesus name, amen.