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THOUGHT OF THE MONTH

THE FAITHFULNESS OF GOD

Jose Mathews, Mangalore

 

                Ps 119:90 - Your faithfulness endures to all generations;

 

Ever since God created man, man has been witnessing the faithfulness of God in every area of his life.  Millions of saints over the centuries have witnessed the faithfulness of God.  A child of God today can only say that he is sustained by the faithfulness of God and not on his own merits.  God cannot prove Himself to be unfaithful at any time for faithfulness is the part of His personality. The Bible reveals different aspects of God's faithfulness.

 

1. Faithfulness is God's character:

 

De 7:9-  "Therefore know that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments;

 

God is a person who has specific characters which are revealed to man through His attributes. Faithfulness is a character of God which man has been witnessing from the beginning of his creation. God never changes His character from time to time. His character revealed to us in Christ shows that he is unchanging and the same yesterday, today and forever (Heb.13:8).  It is man who often changes his stand and commitment. Many a time man goes far away from the plan of God. But because God never ceases to be faithful, man can always turn back from his wrong ways and return to God. In His faithfulness, God always accepts him and restores him. It is God's desire that man always remain faithful to God in the commitment and decisions he makes before God. No man will ever be put to shame or regret for trusting his life in the hands of a faithful God.

 

2. God's faithfulness is everlasting:

 

Jer 32:40- 'And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from doing them good; but I will put My fear in their hearts so that they will not depart from Me.

 

God Himself is an everlasting God. His attributes are to eternity. Hence His faithfulness also is everlasting. God often made everlasting covenant with Israel and proved His everlasting faithfulness. His faithfulness did not cease with one generation, but generations after generations witnessed the faithfulness of God, often because of the covenant God made with their fathers. He is a faithful God who keeps His covenant and mercy for a thousand generations (De 7:9).  The faithfulness of God towards the early fathers who stood for their faith and endured hardships and sufferings to defend their faith is manifested in the lives of their descendants in this present generation. Most of the blessings being enjoyed by the second and third generation today are the result of God's faithfulness to their fathers. While enjoying the abundance of God's blessings today, one should never forget the faithfulness of God. The everlasting faithfulness of God is to be remembered and acknowledged with a grateful heart. God's everlasting faithfulness will continue to the descendants of such. God will prove Himself to be faithful to their children.

 

3. God's faithfulness does not depend on man's merits:

 

Eze 39:25-26: "Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: 'Now I will bring back the captives of Jacob, and have mercy on the whole house of Israel; and I will be jealous for My holy name-  'after they have borne their shame, and all their unfaithfulness in which they were unfaithful to Me, when they dwelt safely in their own land and no one made them afraid.

 

History shows that God's faithfulness never depended on the merits of man. There are several occasions when the children of God have become unfaithful to God in many areas of their lives. Yet God remained faithful to His promises and continued to provide and protect them. He has not dealt with them according to their sins, nor punished them according to their iniquities (Ps 103:10). God loved man while they were yet sinners and enemies to God.  If God were to deal with His people according their merits, none would ever come anywhere near God. Anyone who comes to Him with a repentant heart, He forgives them, restores them and continues to prove His faithfulness in their lives. He responds to the feelings and needs of the downtrodden and the broken hearted.  He longs for His children to turn back to Him with a repentant heart so that He can continue to show His faithfulness unto them. However God's longsuffering should not be taken as an approval for any man to continue in his wrong ways. God gives opportunities to man, but never allows anyone to test His patience.

 

4. God's faithfulness is beyond man's logics:

 

Job 26:14 - Indeed these are the mere edges of His ways, And how small a whisper we hear of Him! But the thunder of His power who can understand?"

 

God is the creator, the omniscient and the eternal. His ways are beyond man's understanding. God has been revealing Himself to man progressively from the beginning. Yet He cannot be measured by man's logics. Even so His faithfulness to mankind is beyond man's logics. Often the most undeserving in human eyes will receive and enjoy the faithfulness of God and the most deserving according to human logics will be rejected by God. It is God's promise that anyone who comes to Him will not be forsaken or rejected. He always remains faithful to His promise, even if it does not satisfy the human logics. On one occasion the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. According to their logics, the Lord should have asked them to stone her. But when the Lord told them "He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first" (Joh 8:7), none of them dared to throw a stone at her.  God looks at the heart of every man and extends His faithfulness according to His promise. A child of God should only accept the sovereignty of God and never stand to criticize or condemn the recipients of the faithfulness of God in such cases. Neither should one grumble or complain when the righteous go through trials and persecutions in life. Even though it appears that the Lord is silent, one must be sure that the faithfulness of God will be manifested in His own time and in His own ways. It may still appear to be beyond human logics, yet the Lord remains faithful in all His attributes.  

 

5. God's faithfulness cannot be compromised:

 

Eze 33:20 -  "Yet you say, 'The way of the Lord is not fair.' O house of Israel, I will judge every one of you according to his own ways."

 

God will never contradict His own word and promises. God's word speaks of the righteousness and justice of God. In the process of extending His faithfulness to man, God will never compromise on His own justice and righteousness. While enjoying the pleasant ways of God's faithfulness, it is not fair on man's part to say that God is unfair when he exercises His justice.  The Bible says that God is love, but in order to manifest that love, God did not compromise on His justice, but allowed His son Jesus Christ to suffer and die on behalf of man. When God's people continue to walk in evil ways and displease God, He uses disciplinary methods to correct them and bring them back to repentance. God's methods of discipline may be painful and may not be pleasant at the moment, but it is for the good of His people (Heb 12:11). It is the part of His faithfulness, for He disciplines only the children whom He loves.  Every pleasure man enjoys outside the holiness of God attracts a consequence. Man cannot continue to enjoy the pleasure of God's faithfulness and the pleasure of sin at the same time. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1John 1:9).

 

The faithfulness of God is enjoyed by His children not only in this life. The Bible clearly speaks that for every service we do for Him in this world assures us a reward in heaven. We have crowns in store in heaven for all that we endure for Him here on earth. God is so faithful that none of our faithful service to Him will miss His account nor can any power deprive us of what God has in store for us. Our God is a faithful God. His faithfulness is marvellous in our eyes.

 

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