“Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations” (Deuteronomy 7:9).
When we consider the faithfulness of God, we first of all must say that the Bible declares the fact that God is faithful. Here are just a few passages for your consideration:
“God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord” (I Corinthians 1:9).
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (I Corinthians 10:13).
“Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it” (I Thessalonians 5:24).
“But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil” (II Thessalonians 3:3).
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (I John 1:9).
What does the word “faithful” mean? The word signifies “to stay oneself or be supported.” Therefore, as applied to a person, it means one upon whom we may safely rely upon. In other words, when we say that God is faithful, we mean that God is a Being upon whom we can absolutely rely or depend upon. Notice also the extent of God’s faithfulness:
“It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23).
God’s faithfulness, the Bible says, is great.
“Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds” (Psalm 36:5).
How is God’s faithfulness manifested? God’s faithfulness is manifested in His keeping His promises and fulfilling every word from His mouth, regardless of what man does.
“Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail. My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips” (Psalm 89:33-34).
“For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven. Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth” (Psalm 119:89-90).
“Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for he is faithful that promised” (Hebrews 10:23).
God’s faithfulness is further manifested in His standing by His people and saving them, even when they are unfaithful to Him.
“If we believe not [are faithless], yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself” (II Timothy 2:13).
“Wherefore, let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator” (I Peter 4:19).
Our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, is called “the faithful witness” (Revelation 1:5), and He is “called Faithful and True” (Revelation 19:11).
What shall we then say to these things? Since God is faithful, His people ought also to be faithful. In fact, it is this quality of character that God measures. Faithfulness, not fruitfulness, is what God requires from His servants.
“Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful” (I Corinthians 4:2).
It is also faithfulness that God rewards.
“His Lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord” (Matthew 25:21).
Are you faithful? Are you faithful in reading God’s Word, in prayer, in giving, in serving, in worshiping, and in witnessing? Even in “little” things, faithfulness is a “big” thing!
“He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon [money], who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own?” (Luke 16:10-12).
There are a great many people who would say they are faithful, but the Bible says that faithfulness is actually like a rare and precious gem — difficult to find!
“Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?” (Proverbs 20:6).
Beloved, let us praise the Lord for the fact that He is faithful; and may we strive to faithful in our service to Him and to others. Just be faithful!