We love to say God is faithful. It is a very common Christian saying. Raising my hand as guilty for over-using it. It’s right up there with God is good. The problem with an overused phrase is that it starts to get watered down. Or rather it becomes misinterpreted.
I have struggled reading social media posts at times, because I typically only see the words “God is faithful” when someone receives something they have wanted or needed or God has answered a prayer. This is great. And yes, God is faithful in those times. The problem is that I rarely see anyone posting about their struggle or unanswered prayer with God is faithful at the end. Do we subconsciously believe that God is only faithful when He is giving us something or doing something for us?
I either believe He is faithful or I don’t. If His faithfulness is dependent on my answered prayers or my circumstances or getting the things I desire, then I have totally missed the character of God.
Here are some Scriptures on the faithfulness of God:
“If we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.” 2 Timothy 2:13
”Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.“ Deuteronomy 7:9
”Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23
”The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:24
”Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23
I could keep going and going. God tells us in HIs Word countless times that He is faithful. In 2 Timothy 2:13, the word faithful in Greek is pistos:
πιστός (pistos) Strong: G4103 GK: G4412
faithful, true, trusty, Mt. 24:45; 25:21, 23; Lk. 12:42; 2 Tim. 2:2; put in trust, 1 Cor. 7:25; true, veracious, Rev. 1:5; 2:13; credible, sure, certain, indubitable, Acts 13:34; 1 Tim. 1:15; believing, yielding belief and confidence, Jn. 20:27; Gal. 3:9; spc. a Christian believer, Acts 10:45; 16:1, 15; 2 Cor. 6:15; πιστόν, in a true-hearted manner, right-mindedly, 3 Jn. 5
He is credible. We can be confident in Him and His ways. He is forever faithful.
Here’s what I have come to know as true: God is faithful to do whatever it takes to accomplish His will in the lives of His people. So in the darkest of night, I can say God is faithful, because He is. When the sun is shining on me and joy is overflowing, I can say God is faithful, because He is. He is faithful no matter what. He is faithful to do what brings Himself the most glory.
So our options are this: one. we keep posting just the good stuff with that expected God is faithful tag. or two. we can be honest and proclaim that God is faithful in the blessings, the good, the hard, the sad, the lonely, the depressing, the celebration, the joys, etc. He is always faithful.
This blog post is a part of a series called Rediscovering God for the Write31Days challenge to write every day in October. You can find links to all posts in my series here. If you want to know more about the Write31Days challenge, you can find out more at www.write31days.com.