God has recently reminded me of this important truth: God IS faithful. Grammatically speaking this is a present active participle meaning He continues to be faithful!
God reminded me of this truth this week while spending some long over due time with a friend. I have known my friend for 6 years and in that time I have seen God allow things (marriage, financial security, homes, jobs and recently heath) to be removed from her grasp. When I saw her this week I said to her (waving my hand over her head and looking heavenward) “Lord, this one’s had enough! Okay enough!” Then she replies “Oh, I wouldn’t trade my situation in for anything, because I get to see the Faithfulness of God everyday! April, our God is so faithful!”
My friend’s words echoed in my heart for days. I made arrangements to spend more face time with her this week. I had to tell her what God taught me in hearing her say “God is faithful!” Honestly, hearing her say that (with all that she has been through) was both a blessing and a conviction.
All year I have been purposefully denying spending money on myself for unnecessary items. I have been challenged over the past 9 months to really discern what is absolutely necessary. Thankfully, God and I agree that spending money on coffee is necessary! All joking aside, I have been in awe by the ways Jehoviah Jireh (The Lord Who Provides- Genesis 22:14) has provided and blessed me though this process.
As my friend shared the details of God’s faithfulness in her life, I began to feel convicted. I am purposefully choosing to deny myself but, sitting across from me is my friend who has not chosen for any of this to occur to her and yet she’s still thankful! Not only is she thankful, she wouldn’t change a thing!
This morning I awoke with song lyrics in my mind based on Psalms 89:1 “I will sing of the mercies’ of the Lord forever, I will sing, yes I will sing….and with my mouth will I make know God’s faithfulness, God’s faithfulness. With my mouth will I made make know God’s faithfulness to all generations!”
Here’s the lesson God taught me this week. Each one of us have different circumstances, different trials, and different obstacles. Some of these are self-induced while other circumstances God has allowed to happen. Regardless of the circumstance and regardless of the cause, God IS faithful! This statement is a present active participle, He was faithful, He is faithful and He will continue to be faithful!
I conclude each post with Romans 1:12. This week God has truly taught me what it means to be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith! Below is a list of some of my favorite verses about God’s faithfulness. Be encouraged!
“May you and I be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.” –Romans 1:12
God’s Faithfulness Verses
For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. Psalm 33:4
Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Psalm 36:5
But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger,
abounding in love and faithfulness. Psalm 86:15
I will sing of the LORD’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. Psalm 89:1
O LORD God Almighty, who is like you? You are mighty, O LORD, and your faithfulness surrounds you. Psalm 89:8
Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. Psalm 91:3-6
It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High, to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night, to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp. Psalm 92:1-3
For great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Psalm 108:4
O LORD, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy; in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief. Psalm 143:1
Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23
What if some did not have faith? Will their lack of faith nullify God’s faithfulness? Not at all! Romans 3:3-4
God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.
1 Corinthians 1:9
No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9