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What comes to mind when you read that God is faithful? A lot of people think of God’s faithfulness as never letting anything “bad” happen. Or that God will bless everything they do.
Often, we compare God’s faithfulness to what we know in our earthly relationships. Unfortunately, this will cause us to doubt God.
Earthly relationships will hurt us and let us down. Spouses who promise to be faithful until “death do us part” change their minds. “I do” becomes “I did,” and we get our hearts broken.
The good news is that GOD IS FAITHFUL! God doesn’t change His mind. He is faithful and just, and we can trust His love for us.
What Is Faithfulness?
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines faithfulness as “steadfast in affection, firm in adherence to promises, given with strong assurance: binding a faithful promise.”
What does the Bible have to say about faithfulness? First, faithfulness is one of the characteristics of God. Second, God is unchanging, constant, and faithful to keep his promises, so we can trust Him.
God Is Faithful Bible Verses
Numbers 23:19 – “God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?”
Deuteronomy 7:9 -“Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations, and repays to their face those who hate him, by destroying them.”
Psalm 25:10 – “All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.”
Psalm 33:4 – “For the word of the Lord is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness.”
Psalm 119:89-90 – “Forever, O Lord, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens, Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast.”
2 Timothy 2:11-13 – “The saying is trustworthy, for: If we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful for he cannot deny himself.”
Hebrews 10:23 – “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.”
Lamentations 3:22-23 – “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
2 Thessalonians 3:3 – “But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.”
1 John 1:9 – “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
God Is Faithful and Just
How many times has someone promised to do something and then did not? People swear they will always be there for us and then let us down.
Bosses promise us a raise or a promotion, but then something happens, and we do not get the raise, or a co-worker gets the promotion we were counting on getting.
God Is Faithful to His Promises
When God makes a promise, he keeps it. That is why I love this verse in Numbers 23:19:
“God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?”
God cannot lie, he does not change his mind, and he always fulfills his promises. The problem we run into is that God does not always work on our timeline. We live in an age of instant gratification.
We have microwaves, faster and faster internet, we drive through restaurants and get our meals in minutes. God does not work like that. He is not a genie in a bottle that we can rub and get our wishes granted the moment we ask.
God has a plan. He has a plan not only for the world but for you, individually (Jeremiah 29:11). The Bible tells us that God knew us before we were ever born (Jeremiah 1:5), and he already had a plan for your life. Isn’t that great?
“My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” Psalm 139:15-16 ESV
The Bible is filled with Bible verses and stories of God’s faithfulness to keep his promises.
God’s Faithfulness In The Bible
We are encouraged in Hebrews 10:23 “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.”
A great example of this is Abraham. God made Abraham two promises. First, he promised to use him to make a great nation. Second, he promised that through him, all nations of the earth would be blessed.
From the time God made this promise until it happened was 25 years! So we could easily see how Abraham would have questioned God about this. I feel like he may have had moments when he was like, ‘Lord, do you remember that promise you made? When is that going to happen?’
Not only did it take 25 years for God to fulfill his promise, but Abraham was 100 years old when it was fulfilled!
We know from reading this story that Abraham had Isaac, who had Jacob and Esau. Through Jacob, the Israelite nation became great. Remember that first promise?
Wait, it gets even better! That second promise? Two thousand years later, Jesus was born, and “all nations of the earth would be blessed.”
Jesus is a direct descendant of Abraham! Jesus, the one who came and died for our sins so we can be saved. Talk about keeping a promise!
How Has God Been Faithful To You?
Sometimes we forget all of God’s blessings and how He has been faithful to us.
If you are a Christian, you have experienced God’s faithfulness. It does not matter what you have done, how many sins you have committed, or how long you have gone before accepting Christ as your Savior.
“For God so loved the world (you), that He gave his only begotten son (Jesus), that whosoever believes in Him, will not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 ESV
Take some time today to think about all the ways God has been faithful to you. You may be surprised. Then stop and thank God for His faithfulness.
Karen lives in West TN with her husband and still has two of five children at home. In addition, she is a Gigi to two beautiful grandchildren. Karen considers her faith and family to be most important to her. She owns Warrior Women Blog, encouraging other women in their marriage, prayer life, and relationships with family.