“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control.” Galatians 5:22
Where are You God? I heard myself asking this question. Why is this happening? My heart was broken because of a decision a family member had made that affected me greatly. We ask ourselves, how can Christians disagree so severely? Why can’t we agree on everything? We serve the same God. We read the same Bible. We are to display the same fruit of the Spirit. However, we are different people, with different backgrounds, ideas and upbringing.
Faithfulness is number seven in the list of attributes of the fruit of the Spirit. Seven is the perfect number. The faithfulness of God is perfect. His faithfulness to us never changes, no matter life’s circumstances.
Let’s begin our faithfulness series by looking at:
The Faithfulness of God
To be faithful is to be steadfast in affection or allegiance, firm in adherence to promises. There are hundreds of promises written on the pages of God’s Word. If He makes you a promise, you can know that He will keep it. 2 Corinthians 1:20 says, “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.”.
Many American Christians associate God’s faithfulness with His material blessings, health and wealth. If we don’t have those things, then we feel our God is not faithful. Nothing is further from the truth. How do I know? The Bible tells me so.
1 Corinthians 1:9 tells us, “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” It is through His Son, you come to be saved.
Faithfulness is God’s very nature.
Who wants to serve a God who is not faithful?
There are five attributes that solidify God’s faithfulness. God is:
Omniscient, — all knowing
Omnipotent — all powerful
Omnipresent, — always with you
Always truthful– cannot lie
Immutable — cannot change
Meditate on those qualities. I am so thankful that faithful God has all those qualities. He knows every tiny detail about you and the people He has placed in your life. Nothing is too difficult for Him. He is able to do exceedingly and abundantly beyond what we could ask or think or imagine. He is with you always. He will not lie and He cannot change.
Hear this well. No incident, no circumstance, no accident, no illness, no loss, changes His faithfulness. Faithful is He who called you, and He will bring to pass what concerns you.
God is faithful, even when we are not.
Look at these three Biblical characters:
Eve — gave Adam of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, even after God said NO.
Job’s wife — told him to curse God and die.
Peter — Told Christ he would never deny Him, then denied Him three times.
And yet: God in His faithfulness,
- made a plan through His Son Jesus for redemption for mankind.
- gave Job back all he lost and more.
- forgave Peter and called him The Rock on which He would build His church.
Now that’s a faithful God. It’s His faithfulness that brings us to full surrender of every circumstance in our lives.
Lord, I long to display the attribute of faithfulness. Help me to be faithful to You and to those You have given me. Thank You for being faithful even when I am not. In Jesus Name. Amen