Pastor Thomas Smith   -  

“Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations.”┬áDeuteronomy 7:9

Faithfulness is defined as “firm in adherence to promises or in observance of duty.” Faithfulness is God’s attribute of utter dependability. He is always faithful. He will never let us down. He will never break a promise. He will never forget. The foundation of our faith is the faithfulness of God. God can always and absolutely be trusted. God’s faithfulness is a testimony to His steadfastness and stability, and our faith rests in His trustworthiness.

The Lord is faithful in assuring us of our salvation. Our confidence and security in our faith is based on the unwavering promises of God. Titus 1:2 records, “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began.” If God promises that all who trust in Christ as Savior are the recipients of eternal life, His Word can be trusted. He is faithful in providing victory for us. He is faithful in supplying our needs, forgiving our sins, and being our ever present companion. Even if we are unfaithful, God’s faithfulness remains. We may make promises we cannot keep or find ourselves unable to fulfill our best intentions, but God’s faithfulness is sure. He will faithfully enable us to perform all that He requires of us, promising, “Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it” (I Thessalonians 5:24).

Our Lord is always and in every way faithful. As the great hymn writer stated it, “Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father, There is no shadow of turning with Thee; Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not; as Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.” God’s faithfulness should serve as an example and motivation for our own faithfulness. There is no question that dependability, trustworthiness, or faithfulness among men is in great shortage. “Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?” (Proverbs 20:6). According to the Word of God, this is one of the primary attributes God is looking for in His children. It is required that His servants be found faithful. We will one day be judged and rewarded, in great part, for our personal faithfulness. May the constant faithfulness of our great God serve to strengthen our faith in Him and our personal steadfastness.