Gods faithfulness has been proved through out time, even when mankind put Gods faithfulness to the test. In the old testament we see many times how because of Gods promise to Abraham “your descendants will be as numerous as the stars” or his promise through David “his throne will endure forever” 2 Samuel 7:16 God spared a remenant of the Israelites whenever judgement came because of sin.
The longer your own personal journey with Christ the more you will learn the faithfulness of God. How many times have we said something and not done it? How many commitments have we made and not kept them? Or kept them but not completely? If we are honest we will see that many times we have not kept our word or commitments. Its hard though right? Life is demanding and sometimes we make emotionally based commitments because of an experience. “I will never drink again”, “one last time then I will join the gym”, “I will always be positive” and so on. Emotionally based commitments always seem good at the time but usually don’t last because they are usually made out of guilt.
To be faithful means to be committed in every season no matter what. Sometimes its not possible to keep certain commitments because of life happenings such as; marriage, children, injuries (gym people) new jobs etc. Yet as a christian none of these things should affect our commitment to God because this is not based upon events or feelings, its based upon steadfast trust from our heart in God and his faithfulness. It is believing in every circumstance that no matter what you face, God will be with you through it and strengthen you. That in every circumstance God can bring good for those who love him and are called according to his purposes. This is what is means to be faithful, to always keep believing and not let what you see affect what you believe in regards to God.
God is 100 percent committed to his church as they are his prized possession, he was committed enough to shed his blood and endure the cross. His commitment will endure for eternity. God is not requiring our perfect commitment, all he requires is our willingness, perfection comes later as he does his holy work in us. Sometimes mistakes throw us off committing all together, we something like, “well I’ve already messed up now so why carry on?” The devil loves when we say this because it prevents progression with God, if we were as graceful to ourselves as God is we would grow in our faithfulness everyday. The righteous stumble 7 times but get up 8, that’s the victory… getting back up.
So, be faithful in the small things with God. Pray, read the word and put it into practice the best you can. God is for you, his spirit is with you and he will always show himself true when you choose to trust in him. When we are able to be faithful in the small things, the bigger things will come.
Psalm 86:15 But you, oh Lord are a God merciful and graceful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness
There are times in our walk with Christ where God seems distant or on vacation. Times when we internally cry those tears that nobody else sees and begin to question our own faith. We ask the following questions: Is God angry at me because of my sins? Does God even care about me anymore? Am I just a disposable vessel that no longer has use? Why is so and so not struggling like I am? In a season where God seems absent we have 2 options. We either accept the lie of the devil that God has turned away from you; or we dig deeper in our faith and put into practice what God has already taught through his word.
If you are in this seemingly absent time with God then praise God he has considered you worthy of this test. A new believer would not go through this because it would destroy faith before it has had chance to grow. This season is for the maturing christian that has usually prayed this kind of prayer; “Father, please make me more like Jesus”. This daring prayer or unspoken desire will no doubt put you into positions where you have no choice but to lean on God and his word.
What about the negative side? If you allow the devils grip to take hold and the lie of Gods hand being against you, this season will not produce the faith intended. It will lead you to despair and will make you question your faith completely. This is why these seasons can be so risky, it produces the opportunity for great victory or great despair, the outcome is determined by our choice. If you started bad this does not mean it should finish this way, God in his mercy will give more opportunities to demonstrate trust. We have promises for such times as this as we will see below.
How do I know this season is from God and not because of sin? First of all have you confessed your sin and been forgiven? Second of all, we are not condemned as believers Romans 8:1 as the blood of Jesus Christ has cleansed our iniquity. Sin carries its own consequences and at times God disciplines his children as any loving father would, but this does mean this season is because of our own doing.
How can we know for sure? Analyse the situation and ask yourself some questions. Did I put my self in this situation or did God? Have I learned how to deal with what I am facing according to the word of God? Is what I am going through allowing faith to grow or is it destroying my soul? Any other questions feel free to ask them to yourself. The will of God is to conform us into the image of Christ, sometimes this means facing the dreaded “seemingly distant” times from God in order to develop a deeper faith and an unshakeable trust in God. This is when we need to hold onto 2 simple promises.
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.
Matthew 28:20 I am with you always, even to the end of age.
Keep these promises close to your heart when it seems God is distant, you will grow in faith as you realise God has never left your side no more than the air you breathe has left the room.