This is what He does. This is who He is. Faithful. He is Faithful. It is His Character.
"Kings will see you and rise up,
princes will see and bow down,
because of the LORD, who is faithful,
the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you."
hear Me, that your soul may live.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
My faithful love promised to David.
One of our favorite hymns of all time is Great is Thy Faithfulness. We sang it at our wedding and also during sadder times. The truth remains the same.
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!
This word, FAITHFULNESS, is one of the fruit of the Spirit that we read about in Galatians 5:22-26.
Someone said once that the dog was Man’s best friend. His faithful buddy throughout life. We hear stories of faithfulness in friendships, in songs and in literature as well.
Mankind have a powerful tendency to be faithful to what they think is truly important, be it a family name, spouse, friendship, political party, employer, school, athletic team or even certain things like a make of automobile.
William Barclay writes in his commentary on Galatians, "This word (pistis) is common in secular Greek for trust-worth-iness. It is the characteristic of the man who is reliable" (p. 51). Again, dogs can be reliable but there is a huge difference here.
Other synonyms include dedicated, steadfast, devoted, dependable, accurate, true, conscientious, dutiful, careful, and thorough.
Faithfulness does not appear in the New Testament King James Bible in English but it does in Greek, I am told. The opposite Faithless means "not keeping faith; dishonest; disloyal; unreliable; undependable; unbelieving." Its synonyms include doubting, treacherous and unscrupulous. Clearly NOT a good human feature.
Not too long ago, a person's word was his bond, and mere handshakes sealed major business agreements. Historians say that faithfulness was such a hallmark of the Roman Republic that not one divorce occurred in its first seven hundred years! In the last 50 years our world has seen a devastating, family-destroying rise in the divorce rate that threatens the very stability of our society.
Faithlessness is playing a major role in this destruction. People are without natural affection and traitors to their marital contract. Child abuse is becoming ever more prevalent. Athletes seem to break contracts almost at will. Manufacturers lie about what is really in their products, and workers cheat in the quality of their work.
Faithlessness is rising to its peak because of self-centeredness, the grand-daddy of irresponsibility. It is the spirit of this age, but we have cause to resist it by what God has given us in His revelation-the Bible. God-centeredness in our lives is the answer to faithlessness and irresponsibility. But God-centeredness is not cheap, and few are willing to pay the price: their lives!
Look in the Old Testament story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in Daniel 3:16-28.
Even IF He does not rescue us, this will not change our heart on Who He is! No matter, if not here-than in the hereafter. His promise to be with us stands any test the King will throw at us! And either way, we will never worship anything less than God. You can burn us but He will remain on the throne. No other gods except the God of Creation!
In the NT, this word takes different forms. 2 Timothy 1:12
2 Timothy 2:13
We can fully trust Him all the way to death simply because “He cannot deny Himself.” God’s very nature, His Character has no room for anything but faithfulness. It follows His Own Law. He cannot turn from that—even a little, even the smallest degree.
But when we move along in life, we find that we run both cold and hot, and drop below our best standards. Even then, He remains faithful. Wonder of wonder. He stays the same.
Why? Because He IS Faithful. WE CAN TRUST HIM!
In the New Testament, we can find many examples of our ‘roles’ in the Christian walk to be faithful. Showing ourselves to be faithful in service, faithful in prayer and faithful in attitude.
What if some did not have faith? Will their lack of faith nullify God's faithfulness? Not at all! …
1 Cor 4:2
How? By keeping connected to the vine! AND keeping an active faithful life!
In all things, no matter what is going on in your life, He remains Faithful! He always will be Faithful. Always will! Now, our ROLE is to trust Him. Even that is a gift from His Heart to us who believe.