A couple of weeks ago, I shared with a sweet girl’s bible study group about the word “faithfulness.” We talked about faithfulness as a Fruit of the Spirit and what that looks like in our own lives. We talked about God’s faithfulness to His people, and we talked about faithfulness as a quality we would look for in friends.
Now let me say, I believe every word I shared with those girls wholeheartedly. I find joy in telling others about the amazing gift of God’s faithfulness to Joseph and Ruth and so many other heroes of the Bible. I have no problem sharing how God will be faithful to them in their own lives. But can I be honest? In the past few weeks it has been hard, and there may have been days I have started to wonder if God would be faithful to me, personally, in spite of what I know to be Truth.
It doesn’t make sense, does it? That I could tell others over and over that God will take care of them, stay by their side, love them, provide for them, protect them, and bring them comfort and peace. Yet still feel uncertain in my own heart for myself?
But here’s why it does. Because Satan, the ultimate liar and deceiver is alive and well. He knows our weaknesses and would love nothing more than to silence those who know the Lord and are willing to share His goodness. The little doubts, the little whispers that tell us we’re not enough, that we have failed, that we are insignificant, and that our hearts don’t matter as much as others are straight up lies, my sweet friends. And I rebuke them in Jesus’ name. For all of us. For you. And for me.
When those times come, the only thing left to do, the thing we MUST do, is remind ourselves of Truth. So, here are the three things I shared with those sweet girls (that we should all remember) when we doubt God’s faithfulness in your own lives. Post them. Claim them. Memorize them. And share them with someone else who may need your encouragement as well:
1.God has been faithful in the past, and He will be in the future.
Faithfulness is defined as “true to one’s word” or “consistent with trust.” My definition is “when you can believe someone is going to do what they say they’re going to do.” And y’all, God lives up to these definitions. Time and time again, in the Bible, in my friend’s lives, and in my own life, I have seen God be faithful. It wasn’t always in my timing. Or in the way I would have chosen. But He has never abandoned or forsaken me or those I love. And because I have seen His goodness in the past and believe His Word…I am assured it will continue in the future.
“Understand, therefore, that the LORD your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands.” Deut.7:9
“God will do this, for he is faithful to do what he says…” 1 Cor.1:9
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23
2. Actions speak louder than words, and our God is a God of action.
Y’all, we can trust that God’s words are true because He is God. But if you need even more confirmation of God’s faithfulness, just look to what He does. I don’t know that there is any passage in the Bible that doesn’t include some sort of verb-action word-to describe the Lord at work. Next time you read, try to underline/highlight the action words for assurance that the Lord is not absently standing by, but is actively working in your life. In Psalm 23 alone, it says “He leads, renews strength, guides, protects, comforts, and prepares the way.” I challenge you to make lists of all the action words you find in relation to what the Lord is doing in your life, even when you can’t see it, and pray for Him to make those things real to you.
“For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.” Psalm 33:4
“But Jesus replied, “My Father is always working, and so am I.” John 5:17
3. The faithlessness of people does not affect the faithfulness of God.
Oh, y’all. This one is hard because so many of us relate what we know about people to what we think we know about God. But let me tell you this. People will disappoint you. People will hurt you. People will be unfaithful to their word. Because people are imperfect and sinful. But God is not people.
The actions and words of “mere mortals” on this Earth should not and cannot be compared to the actions and words of Almighty God. For all of those who hurt…whose pain and uncertainty has turned to fear of ever trusting anyone again…including God, please give Him a chance to heal your broken hearts.
Read His word, ask Him to come near, and remember that when others are faithless…He will always be faithful.
“What if some were unfaithful? Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God? Certainly not!…” Romans 3:3-4
“God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?” Numbers 23:19
My sweet friends, when life is uncertain like it is right now, we may wonder if God will be faithful. Not necessarily to the world at large or our state or our church because it’s usually easier to speak boldly in general terms. But we may wonder if He will be faithful to us, individually.
In our own little homes, in our own little corner of the world, where we feel unseen and very small in the grand scheme of things. But I tell you now, don’t fear. Don’t turn away. And don’t doubt how very loved you are. He will be faithful…to you.