There are many attributes of God which humanity does not possess – such as the fact that He is eternal, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, perfect, incomprehensible, infinite, etc. There are also attributes of God that can be reflected in the lives of believers. His love, mercy, justice, kindness, longsuffering, faithfulness, humility, etc. One of the outstanding characteristics of God (which humanity imperfectly reflects from time to time through the control of the Holy Spirit) is the matter of His faithfulness.
Proverbs 20:6 says “Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?” It is indeed a rarity. Moses, however, was called “faithful in all his house, as a servant” (Hebrews 3:5) and Hanani, the brother of Nehemiah in Nehemiah 7:2 was called “a faithful man, and feared God above many.” Of course, the Messiah of Israel, our blessed Lord Yeshua was “faithful to Him that appointed Him” according to Hebrews 3:2.
Notice the following facts about the wonderful faithfulness of God:
1. His CALLING reveals His faithfulness!
I Thessalonians 5:24 says “Faithful is He that calleth you.” I Corinthians 1:9 adds: “God is faithful, by Whom ye were called unto the fellowship of His Jesus Christ our Lord.”
2. His COMPASSION reveals His faithfulness!
Lamentations 3:22-23 says “It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness!” Hebrews 2:17 says of our Messiah: “Wherefore in all things it behooved Him to be made like unto His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.”
3. His COVENANT reveals His faithfulness!
Deuteronomy 7:9 teaches the real reasons behind God’s choice of Israel as a “special people…above all people that are upon the face of the earth” and says: “Know therefore that the LORD thy God, He is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love Him and keep His commandments to a thousand generations.”
Psalm 89:1 speaks of the faithfulness of God and in verse 8 we read: “O LORD God of hosts, who is a strong LORD like unto Thee? Or to Thy faithfulness round about Thee?” In Psalm 89:33-34 the Bible says: “Nevertheless My lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer My faithfulness to fail. My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of My lips.”
4. His CHARACTER exalts His faithfulness!
Psalm 119:86 says: “All Thy commandments are faithful” and verse 90 adds: “Thy faithfulness is unto all generations.” Verse 138 says: “The testimonies that Thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful.”
Consider at least four things about His wonderful character that reveals the nature of His faithfulness:
(1) He will FORGIVE our sins!
I John 1:9 says: “If we confess our sins, HE IS FAITHFUL and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
(2) He will HELP us in our trials!
I Corinthians 10:13 tells us: “There hath no temptation (or trial) taken you but such as is common to man: but GOD IS FAITHFUL, Who will not suffer you to be tempted (tested) above that ye are able; but will with the temptation (trial) also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
Psalm 119:75 adds: “and that Thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.”
Psalm 143:1 says: “Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in Thy faithfulness answer me.”
(3) He will PROTECT us from the evil one!
II Thessalonians 3:3 says: “But THE LORD IS FAITHFUL, Who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil (one).”
(4) He will KEEP His promises to us!
Hebrews 10:23: “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for HE IS FAITHFUL that promised.” Hebrews 11:11 says of Sara: “Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged Him faithful Who had promised.”
One of the great hymns that believers enjoy is “GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS”
Great is Thy faithfulness – O God my Father
There is no shadow of turning with Thee
Thou changest not Thy compassions – they fail not
As Thou hast been, Thou forever wilt be!
GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS! GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS! Morning by morning new mercies I see! All I have needed Thy hand hath provided; GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS, Lord, unto me!