The One True God is Faithful
by Gini Crawford, MSW
The One True God is faithful. This means what He says, He does. He keeps His promises and is absolutely trustworthy! God promised and died to keep His promise of eternal life. God's Word shows His faithfulness through promises spoken and kept. In actuality, because of Who God is, He can only be faithful.
God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. If we are faithless, He (God) remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself. For the word of the Lord is upright, and all His work is done in faithfulness. 1 Corinthians 1:9; 2 Timothy 2:13; Psalm 33:4 NASB®
The importance of faithfulness. God knows how important it is to our psychological health to be able to trust; to have people around us who are faithful. This makes sense because we were created to trust; and to trust God (Proverbs 3:5-6). How do you feel, when someone promises to do something but doesn't do it? If people are untrustworthy, it causes stress and uncertainty in our lives. When people keep their promises, life has a security and certainty to it, and is much easier to handle. God always keeps His promises; He is faithful so you can trust in Him. What does it mean to you that you can trust God?
...Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? Numbers 23:19NASB®
Our ultimate trust should be in God
We have all trusted in people that ended up being unfaithful to us, one way or another. In reality, putting our ultimate trust in people who are imperfect isn't the best idea. All of us are capable of letting each other down. I know I am.
It's God, Who is always faithful; that's where our ultimate trust and hope should be. Jeremiah 17:5-8 paints a true to life picture of how beneficial trusting in God is, compared to trusting in people. Trust God and thrive, or trust in people, and struggle. You have a choice. (John 15:4-5).
Thus says the LORD, "Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind and makes flesh his strength, and whose heart turns away from the LORD. For he will be like a bush in the desert, and will not see when prosperity comes, but will live in stony wastes in the wilderness, a land of salt without inhabitant. Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose trust is the LORD. For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought, nor cease to yield fruit." NASB®
I live in the desert so I can easily envision Jeremiah 17:5-8. In our yard the trees have lavish green leaves and seasonal blooming (that give us all allergies) because they get plenty of water. However, the trees in the surrounding desert wilderness struggle.
We can trust in the trustworthy statement that Jesus Christ came to save us from our sins. Remember, He died to keep that promise. Are you glad you can trust in God to forgive your sins? (Acts 10:43). I am!
It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all. 1 Timothy 1:15 NASB®
Are you faithful? As Christians, we can be faithful by keeping God's Word, and by doing what we say we will do. If you are not a faithful and trustworthy person, you need to be! Ask the Holy Spirit to keep you faithful. I do. (Galatians 5:22-23).
Faithfulness in action
Daniel 3 is about a golden image and three godly men who refused to bow down to it. Since these three men wouldn't worship the image, King Nebuchadnezzar had them thrown into a fiery furnace. They were saved from this fiery death by our faithful God, Who was literally in the furnace with them. Read Daniel 3:4-7, 12-30. Whether you feel God is with you or not, He is, because He is faithful, He will never forsake you. (Isaiah 49:14-16). Remember, when you are going through a trial, the One True God is walking with you, no matter how difficult it gets.
Describe God from this passage.
Could you have trusted in God's faithfulness like Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego did in Daniel 3? To be honest, I don't know if I could have. But that's how trust in God works; you trust in Him, which can certainly empower you to do the humanly impossible. (Proverbs 3:5-6).
How do you feel about God's faithfulness? Does it make you feel secure in Him? Does it give you confidence in His Word and in your prayers?
Understanding God's faithfulness gives me the confidence I need to teach God's Word, and yes, publish this book. It makes me know He is with me, even if I don't feel He is. When I pray, I can trust He will always answer; whether I like His response or not, I know His answer is what I need.
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