We have a Yellow Labrador named Molly. Recently, when my wife, Terri, was sick, Molly would not leave her side. When Terri couldn’t sleep in the night, Molly stayed by her side while she read and watched TV. When Terri slept in another room so I could get a better night of sleep, Molly stayed by her side. Whenever Terri moved about the house, Molly remained close. Our Molly is a gentle, loving, and faithful companion.
Intended with reverence, the faithfulness of our Molly reminded me of someone who is far more faithful. Several times in Scripture, we are told: “God is faithful…” (I Corinthians 1:9; 10:13; Deuteronomy 7:9). The definition of the word “faithful” means to be trustworthy, sure, or true.1 Unlike mankind, who is only sometimes faithful, the Lord repeated these assurances to give us an unwavering confidence in Him. This is an unchanging principle, regardless of which dispensation in which the believer lives. As God explained Israel’s special privileged position before Him, Moses described the Lord as “…the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him …to a thousand generations” (Deuteronomy 7:9). The Lord wanted Israel to be thoroughly certain that He would keep every promise made to her including dealing with her with longsuffering. When Paul told the Body of Christ “God is faithful,” it is in the context that the Lord will “…confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ” (I Corinthians 1:8-9). This is a concrete guarantee that, in this Dispensation of Grace, our positional standing of complete righteousness before the Lord will never change. This is because our standing is based on God’s faithfulness, not our faithfulness. When Paul explains, “there hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will…make a way to escape” (I Corinthians 10:13), it was a divine pledge that victory over sin is possible. One need only believe this is true, be strengthened through a daily walk with the Lord, and look for ways to flee from any present temptation.
These three examples represent how faithful the Lord is. It is important for us to remember that God is faithful in every respect. We can trust Him explicitly. May we now purpose to be found faithful to Christ in every aspect of our walk before Him.
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