At times, life can be hard, complicated, confusing, and painful. It’s difficult to imagine making it through life on our own, without God. But God is faithful. He sustains us when we are struggling with anxiety or depression, lifts our head when we are heartbroken, and gives us a peace that surpasses all human understanding when things seem hopeless. Scripture tells us that faithfulness is woven deep into the character of God. God is love. God is just. And God is faithful. Here are just some of the many ways that God is faithful.
God is Faithful to Fulfill His Promises
“This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life” (Psalm 119:50).
Scripture contains hundreds, if not thousands, of promises of God. God is faithful to fulfill every one of His promises. It’s mind-boggling to think about it, since He doesn’t owe us anything. In fact, we continue to insult and sin against Him, time and time again, simply by doubting Him and not relying on His promises.
God is Faithful to Forgive our Sins
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
It’s comforting to know that, when we sin, God doesn’t hold grudges or turn away from us. Like the father in the parable of the Prodigal Son, God eagerly awaits for us to confess our sins and return to Him. When we repent of our sins, God wraps us in His robe of forgiveness and celebrates. No elaborate ritual is required.
God is Faithful to Transform us to be More Like Jesus
“He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).
God is our creator and uses every circumstance in our life—every blessing, hardship, joy, and sorrow—to mold, shape, and transform us into His image. We are a work in progress and nothing will keep God from accomplishing His glorious purposes for our life.
God is Faithful to Make all Things Work Together for our Good
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).
God is good and God is all powerful. He is able to work all things together (even things that are decidedly bad or unpleasant) for good—for His good and our good. He sees the big picture. He has a master plan and we are part of His plan, having been “called according to his purpose.” No one can thwart God’s plan. He is in charge. We worry when things seem chaotic, forgetting that God is ultimately in control and has promised to work all things together for our good.
The principle of how God uses even negative motives and wrongdoing of others to bring about His perfect purpose is illustrated in the Old Testament account of Joseph’s life. God had a divine purpose for Joseph’s life which no one or no event could change. Joseph lived a life of integrity and was faithful to God in the midst of extreme adversity and subsequent prosperity. Ultimately, Joseph saved his brothers (who had nearly beat him to death and later sold him into slavery) and the entire nation of Egypt from starvation. As Joseph told his brothers in Genesis 50:20, “You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good…”
Where does God want to use you? What is His divine purpose for your life? Are you focused on Him and His promises or are you focused on your circumstances and the situations in which you find yourself? Never forget God’s faithfulness; allow Him to accomplish His divine purpose through you.
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