How is God faithful?
I love to remind myself of God’s faithfulness. But what does that really mean? The word faithful technically means loyal, constant and steadfast. But I like to think of it another way. Many years ago, I was in a relationship in which my boyfriend was unfaithful. He decided I was not enough and turned his back on the agreement of loyalty in our relationship and pursued another woman without my knowledge and while I was still under the impression that we were exclusive. Unfortunately, many of us have suffered the same devastation at one time or another.
Well, unlike that unfaithful man in my past… my God is faithful and I am enough. YOU ARE ENOUGH. He is madly in love with you and will NEVER turn His back on you.
He is LOYAL. You don’t ever have to worry about waking up one day and God not being there. You will never get the shattering news that God has decided to love someone else instead of you. Because he is CONSTANT, we can rest in Him with confidence. The Bible assures us that He is the same now as he always has been and always will be! (Revelation 4:8)
He is STEADFAST. That means he is unwavering. He is not a wishy-washy God, who will change his ways or pull the rug from under us when we least expect it. No… what the Bible says in Genesis, remains the same all the way through Revelation about the character of the Lord.
I love the example of the Israelites throughout the Bible. I especially appreciate how God dealt with their unfaithfulness time and time again. In Jeremiah 3:12-15, the Lord makes a declaration to the prophet Jeremiah about the Israelites that we can learn from even today. He said, “Return, faithless Israel… I will frown on you no longer, for I am faithful. I will not be angry forever. Only acknowledge your guilt - you have rebelled against the Lord your God… you have not obeyed me, declares the Lord. Return, faithless people, for I am your husband. I will choose you…”
Did you hear that? Even if you have been unfaithful to God, He loves you still. He chooses YOU! He does not desire to frown on you but to welcome you back with open arms. He will not stay angry if you simply acknowledge your guilt, repent and move forward with him in an obedient, loving relationship. He already knows what you’ve done. Don’t try to hide from him, blame others, make excuses or pretend it didn’t happen. Just open a conversation with God through the name and power of his son Jesus Christ and have your sins washed clean. He does not ask for you to be publicly disgraced, humiliated or tormented. He just wants you to talk to him honestly and open your heart to receive his love and then love him back. Not only will it take the burden from your soul, but it will open your life to step into the will of God and all he has in store for you.
Questions to consider:
What can I do to be more faithful to God?
Do I truly feel chosen by God?
If so, do I understand and cooperate with His will for my life?
If not, what do I need to confess and repent to confidently step into his will for my life?