“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”
So much of who we are as followers of Jesus Christ relies on the faithfulness of God. The promises of God hinge on the faithfulness of God. Our eternity depends on the faithfulness of God.
Though the faithfulness of God is mentioned hundreds of times in the Bible, let me invite you to think with me about three of those.
- It is through the faithfulness of God that we have SALVATION. “By grace you are saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God….” Our faith, which is given to us by God, is the key to salvation. Not our efforts. Not our own righteous acts or religious works. By grace you are saved… through faith.” We receive salvation as a gift of God’s faithfulness to us. We cannot earn it, and we cannot keep it. God does both for us.
- It is through the faithfulness of God that we have SUPPLY. “My God shall supply all of your needs through His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” That is a promise of God’s faithfulness to us. He supplies all that we need. Every good and perfect gift comes from our faithful, Heavenly Father. Every bite of food; every drink of clean water; every dose of medication… all are gifts of a faithful God who keeps His Word to His children.
- It is through the faithfulness of God that we have SUCCESS. We succeed on God’s terms… not ours. Success as God defines it means that “He who began a good work in us will complete it.” It means that “all things work together for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.” While we may not be “successful” in the way the world defines it, we will ultimately live successful lives in the hand of our faithful God who keeps His promises.
Thomas Chisholm grew up in a log cabin in Franklin, Ky. During his lifetime, he entered ministry but due to ill health was forced to retire after just a year. After that, he spent the rest of his life in New Jersey working as an insurance agent. Though he was no longer in public ministry, Chisholm wrote over 1,200 poems, several of which were made into hymns. One of the most familiar is the hymn, “Great is Thy Faithfulness.”
Chisholm explained toward the end of his life, “My income has not been large at any time due to impaired health in the earlier years which has followed me on until now. Although I must not fail to record here the unfailing faithfulness of a covenant-keeping God and that He has given me many wonderful displays of His providing care, for which I am filled with astonishing gratefulness.”
“Morning by morning new mercies we see….”
Because our God is faithful.