WISDOM FOR LIVING DEVOTIONAL
JANUARY 20, 2021
TOPIC: GOD IS FAITHFUL
BY T. O. BANSO
“God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord” ( 1 Corinthians 1:9 New Kings James Version).
The popular and powerful hymn, “Great is thy faithfulness”, talks about the faithfulness of God. The dominant phrase in the lyrics written by Thomas Obadiah Chisholm obviously is from Lamentation 3:23 where the writer, referring to the LORD, says, “Great is Your faithfulness” (New King James Version).
The lyrics of the first stanza, and the refrain of the hymn, whose music was composed by William M. Runyan, say,
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.
Great is thy faithfulness!
Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see:
all I have needed thy hand hath provided–
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!
The remaining two stanzas equally talk about the faithfulness of God, which is the theme of the hymn. It’s a powerful, highly inspiring hymn. How often do you think about the faithfulness of God? A Bible dictionary defines faithfulness as “Dependability, loyalty, and stability particularly as it describes God in His relationship to human believers” (Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary).
Understanding God’s faithfulness is key to having a successful Christian walk. Your relationship with God must be founded on your understanding of His faithfulness. “All God’s giants have been weak men and women who have gotten hold of God’s faithfulness.” This is attributed to Hudson Taylor, a British Protestant Christian missionary to China, who lived from 1832-1905. He must have understood and appreciated the faithfulness of God in His life and work as a missionary.
Also, English fundamentalist Baptist minister, Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) is quoted as saying, “The glory of God’s faithfulness is that no sin of ours has ever made Him unfaithful.” He could have been influenced by what the apostle Paul said in 2 Timothy 2:13 thus, “If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny himself” (New Living Translation). Similarly, Corrie ten Boom, a survivor of the German Nazi death camp, is credited with the saying, “In God’s faithfulness lies eternal security.”
Deuteronomy 7:9 describes God as the faithful God who keeps covenant. The faithfulness of God means the character of God to keep His promises. Psalm 89:8b says of the LORD, “Faithfulness is your very character” (Psalm 89:8 New Living Translation). That psalm is credited to Ethan the Ezrahite, a prominent wise man in the days of Solomon (1 Kings 4:31).
Indeed, God’s major character is faithfulness. Ethan the Ezrahite had said earlier in Psalm 89:2b, “Your faithfulness is as enduring as the heavens” (New Living Translation). He said in verse 5b: “Myriads of angels will praise you for your faithfulness” (New Living Translation).
Not only a myriad of angels should praise God for His faithfulness, but you should also if you really understand what God’s faithfulness means. You are a beneficiary of His faithfulness. Without God’s faithfulness, nobody can be born again. Nobody would have been able to come into a living relationship with Him. 1 Corinthians 1:9 says, “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord” (New Kings James Version).
Suppose God is not faithful! That means there is no guarantee that He’ll keep His Word or promises. It also means there would be no forgiveness of our sins. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (New King James Version). But God who promised is faithful (Hebrews 10:23b). If God doesn’t keep His Word or His promise, where would you be? However, He remains faithful from generation to generation and never changes or casts shifting shadows (James 1:17).
Without God’s faithfulness, it would be impossible for God’s children to overcome any temptation. The Bible says, “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13 New King James Version).
Talking about the Jews, Romans 3:3-4 says, “True, some of them were unfaithful; but just because they broke their promises, does that mean God will break his promises? Of course not! Though everyone else in the world is a liar, God is true. As the Scriptures say, ‘He will be proved right in what he says, and he will win his case in court’” (New Living Translation).
The Bible says by faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age because she judged Him (God) faithful who had promised (Hebrews 11:11). Do you have an understanding of God’s faithfulness?
David had an understanding of God’s faithfulness. He said God’s faithfulness reaches to the clouds (Psalm 36:5b). He also made a call to feed on or enjoy His faithfulness (Psalm 37:3b). In Psalm 40:10b, he said he had declared God’s faithfulness. If you have an understanding of His faithfulness, declare His faithfulness too. Don’t credit to your efforts the results you’re getting because of God’s faithfulness. Suppose God is not faithful.
But God is faithful. Appreciate His faithfulness, meditate on it, and tell others about His faithfulness. Isaiah 38:19b says, “Each generation can make known your faithfulness to the next” (New Living Translation). Do you often thank God for His faithfulness? Start now. If you have been doing this, do more. God is faithful even if, or when, you’re unfaithful. God is never subject to change. With Him, there is no variation or shadow of turning. He never changes or casts shifting shadows. And as His child, emulate His faithfulness. Be faithful too. Be dependable; be loyal.
If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit you are a sinner and you cannot save yourself and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.
Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto you today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and resurrected the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank you, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.
I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You will need to join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like the palm tree and grow like the cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The Lord be with you.
PRAYER POINTS: Father, thank You for your faithfulness. Thank You for Your faithfulness, which is great. Thank You, for Your faithfulness to me in particular. Holy Spirit, help me to always appreciate the faithfulness of God and not credit to my efforts the results that I get or my achievements or exploits. Father, help me to emulate You and be faithful too.
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T. O. Banso is the President, Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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