One of the things that I stand amazed at is God’s incredible faithfulness to us. Wow, God is just so faithful in His daily provisions and love. It is amazing to consider that as Jeremiah looked around the ruins of Jerusalem, following the devastating invasion and destruction of the city by the Babylonians, the thing that he contemplated was the faithfulness of God. Consider Lamentations 3:22-26 Many times I’ve read this passage to people and asked them where this passage is found. They usually guess somewhere in the Psalms or in Proverbs but no, it’s found in Lamentations. In the midst of all the horror Jeremiah was witnessing, he saw even the destruction of Jerusalem as a sign of God’s incredible faithfulness to keep His word even when we fail to keep our word. What an insight into how faithful God is.
Contrast God’s faithfulness to the current world we live in. Contrast that with people who walk away from their marriages when the going gets tough, or politicians who refuse to show up for work because things aren’t going the way they want them to. We have become so accustomed to politicians making promises and demonstrating a lack of faithfulness to fulfill their promises that it doesn’t even faze us anymore. Think of the 788 billion dollar stimulus package that would keep unemployment rates under 8%, how’s that working out?
Yet this morning as I was taking my walk in the midst of the thawing Pocono forest, I am thankful for God’s faithfulness as I reflected on God’s promise to Noah. In the 8th chapter of Genesis, God told Noah “never again will I destroy all living creatures as I have done. As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease” (v. 21b-22). Aren’t you glad God is overseeing the changing of the seasons and it’s not left to Congress or some political action committee?
Finally, if God is faithful and we know He is, we must understand that God has called us to be faithful as well. Faithfulness is listed as one of the Fruits of the Spirit in Gal. 5:22-23. Since faithfulness is an attribute of God and we are created in the image of God, we can say with certainty that God desires us to be; faithful in our marriages, faithful in our finances, faithful in our parenting and faithful in our church involvement (attendance, giving, service, etc.). Paul tells us what is required of a steward in I Cor. 4:2. Be assured God is faithful even when we fail to be as Paul tells us in 2 Tim. 2:13. But let us seek to be faithful in our lives to reflect the Lord Jesus Christ rather than being conformed to the spirit of unfaithfulness that is prevailing all around in our current culture setting.
Serving the King,