The Faithful God
Great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:23)
"I won’t be your friend any more if you don’t!" How often we must have heard children saying that to one another. Come to think of it, how often we must have heard adults saying it, too – though in a far more sophisticated way, of course!
Thankfully, God’s friendship is not like that. His friendship with us is completely unconditional. It is never manipulative or demanding (as the phrase above is); it does not play games with us, or go off sulking if we let Him down or don’t "come up with the goods." God’s friendship is simply "there."
And the reason for this is that God’s friendship is the friendship of covenant. Through Jesus, God has made a covenant – that is, a binding commitment with us – promising to stay our Friend, come what may, and to work His purposes out in our life, come what may. It is this "come what may" that characterizes God’s faithfulness towards us. What a wonderful phrase that is: come what may! To think that God, Who upholds the whole universe, should have promised to be with me and to be for me, come what may!
But how can we be sure? The answer is simple: God has already demonstrated his faithfulness and commitment to us in the act of sending His Son to die on the cross to pay the price of our sins – and that is a historical and unchangeable fact! And, as Paul put it, "Since God did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t God, who gave us Christ, also give us everything else?’ (Romans 8:32, NLT) Of course he will!
This same God is with you today. His faithfulness is sure – not because of you, but because of Jesus. And that is why you can be confident that you can experience that faithfulness afresh today.
He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he. (Deuteronomy 32:4)
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