“I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever . . . I will make your faithfulness known through all generations . . . you established your faithfulness in heaven itself (Psalm 89:1-2).
When a guy went off to college, his girlfriend gave him a framed photo of herself. But one day, the guy took the photo out of the frame, and noticed these words written on the back of the photograph: My dearest Tom, I love you with all my heart. I love you more each day. I will love you forever.” It was signed “Dianne.” But her words contained a P.S. “If we ever break up, I want this picture back.”
I suppose that among the most painful things all of us experience is when a person breaks a promise made to us. Sadly, the quality of faithfulness has become abnormal in American life today. Think about that. Spouses leave their marriages for even the slightest of annoyances. Athletes leave one team as soon as another team promises them more dollars. Employers think nothing of laying off hundreds of workers. People today flippantly break their promises and commitments. I feel startled when I think of how unfaithful our society has become.
But our great God is the opposite. He is absolutely faithful. What does it mean, practically speaking, to say that God is faithful?
God Always Does What He Has Said, and Always Fulfills What He Has Promised.
Psalm 89 (at the top of this post) declares that God is faithful. The writer of this psalm even said he would tell future generations about God’s faithfulness. Every time a new generation came on the scene, God would be as faithful to them as He was to previous generations. God is 100% reliable, trustworthy, and faithful. He never will fail you, disappoint you, forget you, let you down, or break one of His promises to you. God is faithful!
God’s Faithfulness Is Unconditional.
Verse 2 of Psalm 89 states, “Your love stands firm forever. You established your faithfulness in heaven itself.” This statement means that God’s faithfulness to you never changes. His faithfulness is not conditioned on your response to Him. Even more, God is faithful to us even when we feel we don’t have any faith left in us. You can have zero faith, and God will still be faithful to you.
God’s Faithfulness Is Experienced Most Clearly During the Difficult Times of Your Life.
Have you ever noticed how the tough times in your life prompt you to reach out to God, to pray to Him, to seek Him? When you hold on to God during times of difficulty, you discover a wonderful truth: God never fails you. His compassion, love, and mercy to you is new every morning (see Lamentations 3:22-23).
If difficulties have you weighed down, or you are feeling crushed or discouraged, God is there for you. Even when you’ve messed up, He never writes you off. He is willing to pick you up and get you off to a fresh start.
God’s Faithfulness to You, Builds Stronger Trust and Faith in Your Life
I often hear people say, “I wish my faith and trust in God were stronger.” Exercising faith in God is just like exercising your muscles. If you don’t use and exercise your muscles, they become weak. But the more you exercise your muscles, the stronger they become.
In like manner, the more you trust God, the greater your faith in Him becomes. You can trust Him, because He is faithful to you.
When you trust God’s faithfulness, every day is like the first day of school—clean paper, new crayons, sharp pencils, and a shiny notebook. God makes each day a fresh, new beginning. Because of His faithfulness to you, you can live every day with confidence. Believe me, that’s hopeful!