The Faithfulness of God
“But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.”
- 2 Thessalonians 3:3
Our Lord has a multitude of wonderful attributes. One of the greatest of them is His faithfulness to us. That He is faithful means we can believe everything He says and does, and everything about Him. We can trust Him, and He is sure to keep all of His promises. According to the Scripture in 2 Thessalonians He will establish us, giving us a solid foundation in Himself through His Word and His Spirit (Matthew 7 & John 14 and 16, Ephesians 1). He will also guard us from the evil one in which He will keep us from being overwhelmed by our enemy and his tactics against us. 1 Corinthians 10:13 adds, “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” A vital question that we must ask then is Why? Why does God care for us like this?
First, He is our Creator, and He has a distinct purpose for our lives. 1 Peter 4:19 says, “Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.” Ephesians 2:10 adds, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Not only must we commit ourselves to our faithful Creator no matter what happens in our lives, we must remember that God has a unique plan and purpose for each of us that He has and is preparing us to walk out in the power and love of the Holy Spirit under the guidance of His Word. As such, we can trust that God will preserve us and He will be faithful to complete the work in our lives that He has begun. Consider these Scriptures...
- 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24, “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.”
- Philippians 1:6, “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
Second, we will not always walk this out in our lives in Christ, and live out our purpose in Christ perfectly. This is just a well known fact, we will sin and make mistakes. Does this change the faithfulness of God? Absolutely Not! Even when we blow it, God is still faithful and will forgive us. 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” This is because Jesus paid the penalty for our sins which means we can come to God through Him at any time when we are followers of Christ. Hebrews 2:17 says, “Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.”
Finally, if you’re anything like me, you sometimes struggle with these realities presented to us in the Bible. Maybe you have times of doubt or fear or unbelief. When this happens, do you think it changes God’s love or faithfulness toward us? I hope not, because the Bible tells us that our failures do not change God’s love and faithfulness toward us. 2 Timothy 2:13, “If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.” 1 Corinthians 1:9, “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” In Revelation 19:11 Jesus’ name is called faithful and true.
I don’t know what you are facing today, what difficulties you are dealing with, or what trials or temptations have been weighing you down. In our world it is not hard to imagine that all of us are dealing with such things. However, no matter what it is, no matter how bad it is, no matter how desperate you and I are, we can rest assured in the faithfulness of God. He will always be believable, trustworthy, and the One who keeps His promises. Rest in that today!
Image Borrowed From – Adobe Stock