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The One True God is Faithful

Day Sixteen
by Gini Crawford, MSW

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God is faithful. This means what He says, He does. He keeps His promises and is absolutely trustworthy! God's Word is trustworthy.

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? Numbers 23:19 says,

...Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? NASB®

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 be fruitful, 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®

We can trust in the trustworthy statement that Jesus Christ came to save us from our sins. Are you glad you can trust in God to forgive your sins through Jesus? (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®


Life Application:

Read Daniel 3. Chapter 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. Whether you feel God is with you or not, He is, because He is faithful, He will never forsake you. (Isaiah 49:15-16) What are your insights about God from this story? Remember, when you are going through a trial the One True God is walking with you, no matter how difficult it gets.

How do you feel about God being always faithful to you? Does it make you feel secure in Him? Does it make you want to trust Him? God's faithfulness gives me confidence in my Christian faith. This is because when God says something, it is fact. (Isaiah 55:11)

As people we all struggle with being faithful continually like God is. As a Christian, we must work on being trustworthy and faithful, as much as possible. We can be faithful by keeping God's Word, and by saying and doing exactly what we mean. The world of psychology calls this congruence. God calls it faithfulness. 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)


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