With Valentine’s Day approaching, many of us are thinking of love. I thought this was the perfect time for us to focus on the Lord’s Love Letter to us. On Monday we examined God’s love from the perspective of God is Father. Today let us rejoice in the truth that God is Faithful.
God is Faithful
The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy. They are steadfast forever and ever, done in faithfulness and uprightness. He provided redemption for his people; he ordained his covenant forever—holy and awesome is his name. (Psalm 11:7-9)
God is our Faithful Father. When you read the word covenant in the passage above, what should come to mind is the fact that God has chosen to relate to His children by way of covenant—a solemn promise which God guarantees by His Word. When God makes a promise, He keeps it! And He has promised to relate to us—personally, intimately, and faithfully.
Part of the covenant that God ordained forever is that the redemption He has provided for His people was determined in the eternal counsel of the Triune God.
May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep . . .(Hebrews 13:20)
Do you see the power in that text . . . the virtually indescribable grace and love? You were always in the heart of your faithful heavenly Father. There was never a time when you were not a child of the Most High God, thanks to the promised cross work of the Lord Jesus Christ.
When Mary, the mother of our Lord, was found to be with child, her betrothed husband, Joseph, thought to divorce her. Joseph naturally assumed that Mary had been unfaithful. But God sent an angel to reassure Joseph that he should take Mary as his wife. And part of the angel’s message to Joseph was this:
[Mary] will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. (Matthew 1:21)
Did you catch that? “He will save his people.” That’s you! God determined before the creation of the world that you would be saved, and He is faithful to you, from everlasting to everlasting, because every one of His promises is “Yes” and “Amen” in Jesus Christ.
God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful. (1 Corinthians 1:9)
To be sure, we all go through seasons where God seems distant and heaven is silent. The key to getting through these times is trusting God even when we cannot trace Him. We must cling to His promise never to leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). I often remind our congregation that when we feel distant from God, we must understand that it was we who moved, not God.
Yet even when our thoughts and actions take us away from God, we can still rest in the truth penned by the apostle Paul: “If we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself” (2 Timothy 2:13).
Wow! To know that God’s faithfulness to us does not depend upon our faithfulness to Him, but rather on His eternal, unchanging promise, that is a truth that truly sets us free to rest in the arms of our Faithful Father in heaven.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!